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Dragonfly (Anisoptera)Orthetrum villosovittatum  

Fiery Skimmer at Lower Cotter Catchment

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Orthetrum villosovittatum at Lower Cotter Catchment - 15 Mar 2018
Orthetrum villosovittatum at Lower Cotter Catchment - 15 Mar 2018

Identification history

Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Orthetrum villosovittatum 18 Mar 2018 HarveyPerkins
Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Orthetrum villosovittatum 17 Mar 2018 KenT

Significant sighting

17 Mar 2018

Although common in coastal and sub-coastal environments, this species is rare in the ACT, probably as a dispersing vagrant. This is the second known record of it in the ACT.

2 comments

   18 Mar 2018
Great find, Ken. And begs the obvious question - is it the same individual seen at Cotter Reserve on 17 February? Distance-wise it's just under 3 km straight-line distance between the two sites. Time-wise (26 days) is also quite conceivable. One alternative might be that a small number of this species did grow up locally as larvae. We'll probably never know.
KenT wrote:
   18 Mar 2018
Both records of this species appear to be in good condition, although mine has a small tear on the lower edge of the right hind-wing. This makes me wonder how old the adults are and how far they have traveled.

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Nearby Sightings

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Austroargiolestes icteromelas at Lower Cotter Catchment - 15 Mar 2018
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Ctenotus robustus at Lower Cotter Catchment - 15 Mar 2018
Austrogomphus guerini at Lower Cotter Catchment - 15 Mar 2018
Dromaius novaehollandiae at Lower Cotter Catchment - 15 Mar 2018
Dromaius novaehollandiae at Lower Cotter Catchment - 23 Apr 2016

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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Vagrant Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 15 Mar 2018 1:18 PM Recorded on
  • KenT Recorded by
  • Website Reported via
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