S2, Male, iso view
S4, Male & Female, about to mate
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Damselfly (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Aurora Bluetail (Ischnura aurora)|
|This Photo:||S4, Male, close up|
Thank you Graham Winterflood for identifying and Matt Campbell, Karen Weaving & Dr Christopher Burwell for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
The green female measured at ~27mm long, while the male was slightly smaller at ~25mm; very small for an odonata.
Notice with Damselflies, they sit with their wings in vertically, flat along the body, or just above.
In relation to the differences between the females of I. aurora & I. heterosticta, Graham said "The blue spots on I. heterosticta are a larger diameter, and roundish. On I. aurora the spots are smaller and maybe triangular in shape. The location of the spots is slightly different too."