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Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum)

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PhotoID: AusDr001. Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) - copula
Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) ⚤

1 / 20; PhotoID: AusDr001 06/11/2006 13:01 F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
Capel Wetlands, Capel, WA [-33.556883°; 115.557250°]
PhotoID: AusDr002. Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) - female
Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) ♀

2 / 20; PhotoID: AusDr002 31/10/2011 16:02 F8 1/1000 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
Lane Cove River, Lane Cove NP, NSW [-33.792250°; 151.147083°]
PhotoID: AusDr003. Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) - male
Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) ♂

3 / 20; PhotoID: AusDr003 16/11/2006 11:10 F8 1/100 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
River Avon, Toodyay, WA [-31.545450°; 116.453100°]
PhotoID: AusDr006. Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) - female
Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) ♀

4 / 20; PhotoID: AusDr006 16/11/2006 12:24 F8 1/640 180mm ISO200 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
River Avon, Toodyay, WA [-31.545450°; 116.453100°]
PhotoID: AusDr014. Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) - female
Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) ♀

5 / 20; PhotoID: AusDr014 31/10/2011 16:04 F8 1/1000 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
Lane Cove River, Lane Cove NP, NSW [-33.792250°; 151.147083°]
PhotoID: AusDr020. Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) - immature male
Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) ♂

6 / 20; PhotoID: AusDr020 25/11/2008 17:02 F8 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
McCarrs Creek, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase NP, NSW [-33.662900°; 151.250733°]
PhotoID: AusDr021. Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) - immature male
Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) ♂

7 / 20; PhotoID: AusDr021 25/11/2008 17:03 F8 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
McCarrs Creek, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase NP, NSW [-33.662900°; 151.250733°]
PhotoID: AusDr022. Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) - immature male
Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) ♂

8 / 20; PhotoID: AusDr022 25/11/2008 17:03 F8 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
McCarrs Creek, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase NP, NSW [-33.662900°; 151.250733°]
PhotoID: AusDr081. Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) - female
Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) ♀

9 / 20; PhotoID: AusDr081 05/11/2011 15:58 F8 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
Lane Cove River, Lane Cove NP, NSW [-33.792250°; 151.147083°]
PhotoID: AusDr082. Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) - male
Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) ♂

10 / 20; PhotoID: AusDr082 21/12/2008 12:16 F8 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
Adelong Creek, near Adelong, NSW [-35.295517°; 148.058350°]
PhotoID: AusDr122. Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) - female
Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) ♀

11 / 20; PhotoID: AusDr122 29/12/2008 09:51 F5.6 1/20 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
Lake McKenzie, Boodereee NP, NSW [-35.147900°; 150.671950°]
PhotoID: AusDr123. Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) - female
Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) ♀

12 / 20; PhotoID: AusDr123 29/12/2008 09:53 F5.6 1/60 180mm ISO400 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
Lake McKenzie, Boodereee NP, NSW [-35.147900°; 150.671950°]
PhotoID: AusDr124. Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) - female
Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) ♀

13 / 20; PhotoID: AusDr124 29/12/2008 09:55 F5.6 1/45 180mm ISO400 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
Lake McKenzie, Boodereee NP, NSW [-35.147900°; 150.671950°]
PhotoID: AusDr185. Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) - immature male
Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) ♂

14 / 20; PhotoID: AusDr185 04/01/2009 18:24 F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
Caravan Park, Goulburn, NSW [-34.747633°; 149.752500°]
PhotoID: AusDr211. Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) - male
Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) ♂

15 / 20; PhotoID: AusDr211 09/11/2011 14:41 F8 1/320 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
Flat Rock Gully, Willoughby, NSW [-33.815400°; 151.208050°]
PhotoID: AusDr212. Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) - male
Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) ♂

16 / 20; PhotoID: AusDr212 10/11/2011 15:59 F8 1/640 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
Emily Gap, East MacDonnell NP, NT [-23.739217°; 133.950550°]
PhotoID: AusDr213. Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) - copula
Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) ⚤

17 / 20; PhotoID: AusDr213 10/11/2011 16:06 F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
Emily Gap, East MacDonnell NP, NT [-23.739217°; 133.950550°]
PhotoID: AusDr214. Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) - copula
Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) ⚤

18 / 20; PhotoID: AusDr214 10/11/2011 16:08 F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
Emily Gap, East MacDonnell NP, NT [-23.739217°; 133.950550°]
PhotoID: AusDr215. Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) - copula
Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) ⚤

19 / 20; PhotoID: AusDr215 10/11/2011 16:09 F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
Emily Gap, East MacDonnell NP, NT [-23.739217°; 133.950550°]
PhotoID: AusDr234. Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) - male
Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) ♂

20 / 20; PhotoID: AusDr234 13/11/2011 15:02 F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
Laparinta Trail, Alice Springs, NT

Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum)

Australian distribution of Orthetrum caledonicum

Inhabits wide range of still and flowing waters, including temporary waters

© 2011 DECCW, NSW and DragonflyPix.com

  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 1 of 67

  • couplet drawing
  • ● Distal antenodal of forewing complete, both costal and subcostal sections present
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 2 of 67

  • couplet drawingcouplet drawing
  • ● Anal loop present
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 9 of 67

  • couplet drawing
  • ● Anal loop well developed, generally stocking-shaped, usually closed at tip
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 14 of 67

  • ○ Not as above
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 15 of 67

  • couplet drawing
  • ● Base of hindwing triangle at or proximal to arculus
    ○ Top of frons, if metallic, dully so
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 20 of 67

  • ○ Smaller dragonflies, hindwing up to 40 mm long
    ○ Wings patterned or hyaline
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 21 of 67

  • couplet drawing
  • ● Subtriangle of forewing with three or more cells
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 24 of 67

  • couplet drawing
  • ● Forewing triangle crossed
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 27 of 67

  • ○ Hind margin of eye uniformly curved
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 28 of 67

  • couplet drawing
  • ● Some double cells between IR3 and Rspl

    ⇒ genus: Orthetrum
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 29 of 67

  • ○ Hindwing clear at base
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  • Libellulidae: Key couplet 34 of 67

  • couplet drawing
  • ● Yellow with black markings, side of synthorax yellow, sutures narrowly lined black
    ○ Thorax and abdomen of male becoming pruinescent blue when mature, the mature female slightly pruinescent

    ⇒ species: Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum)
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