Blue Ringtail
Female, Back of Head
Blue Ringtail
Male, dorsal
Blue Ringtail (Austrolestes annulosus)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Dragonflies (Odonata)
Family: Spreadwing (Zygoptera: Lestidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Blue Ringtail (Austrolestes annulosus)
This Photo:     Female, ventral

Thank you Reiner Richter & John Tann for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Notice with Spreadwings, they site with their wings in vertically, flat along the body, or just above, the same as Damselflies.
The females are a very different colour to the males. Males are vivid blue, where the female are off white, with metallic patches on their dorsal surface & head.
We photographed 6 specimens in Jan, Feb, Mar, May & June

Copyright © 2020-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 22-Feb-2020
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.