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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 17 Mar 2018 HarveyPerkins1K
Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Orthetrum villosovittatum 17 Mar 2018 KenT1.4K

Significant sighting

MichaelMulvaney1.1K noted:
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

HarveyPerkins1K wrote:
   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.
KenT1.4K 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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Ctenotus robustus at Lower Cotter Catchment - 15 Mar 2018
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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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