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Red Arrow (male)

Rhodothemis lieftincki


Quite a striking dragonfly, and very elusive. It took me forever to get close enough for a single photo. A beautiful red colour. Approx. 4 cms in length. The female of the species is a more subtle orange colour. Red Arrow's are often confused with another species - Fiery Skimmer (Orthetrum villosovittatum).


On a fallen branch that had landed on the netting cover of a backyard swimming pool. This species prefers terrestrial aquatic habitats.


This fellow had a companion, but of a different species - a Blue Skimmer Dragonfly (Orthetrum caledonicum). 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 28, 2014

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