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Blue Skimmer Dragonfly (male)

Orthetrum caledonicum


Also known as the Sky Blue Dragonfly, this was quite a handsome fellow. Very elusive, I watched him for a couple of days but was unable to get close as he kept flying away. He would fly around for very brief periods before returning to the same perch. About 5 cms in length with a long, slender body, blue abdomen and dark tip. When at rest, the wings were held out horizontally, but most often held below the body. The females are a brownish grey in colour. Native species.


On a fallen branch that had landed on the netting cover of a backyard swimming pool.


This guy had a companion, but of a different species - a Red Arrow Dragonfly (Rhodothemis lieftincki). There was no aggression between the two, and they would often fly off and return together.

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Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Dec 5, 2014
Submitted on Dec 27, 2014

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