Red & Blue Damselfly
S5, Female, Tail, dorsal
Red & Blue Damselfly
S5, Female, Tail, profile
Red & Blue Damselfly (Xanthagrion erythroneurum)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Dragonflies (Odonata)
Family: Damselfly (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Red & Blue Damselfly (Xanthagrion erythroneurum)
This Photo:     🔍S12, Male, Tail, dorsal🔎
Other name: Red and Blue Damselfly

Thank you Reiner Richter for identifying and Graham Winterflood for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), Coastal Areas and elsewhere
~29 to ~32mm long.
The intensity of red with these varies dramatically. Adults that have emerged for some time go a deep fire engine red. Most of those we've seen though have been young, "teneral"; not yet reach their full colours. Tenerals are an off white / buff Damselfly with red / orange & blue highlights with light red / orange legs. Full coloured adults have red bodies.
Finely hairy body & head.
The tail has evenly distributed black bars on top, with blue rings at the segment joins. It is off white / buff underneath.
Each wing tip has an opaque section, with edges & veins being finely serated.
The 1st specimen we caught was was trapped behind flyscreen, so we grabbed a glass & plastic cutting board and caught it. Took these photos and then let it go.
You can see it's in poor condition, with over 7 ticks, damaged eye and missing part of it's wing tip.
Graham said "Males have rings on segments 8 & 9". This is important when separating teneral males from females (which are often not red in our experience)

Copyright © 2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 07-Nov-2022
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.