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Dragonfly (Anisoptera)Tramea loewii  

6 Common Glider at Chapman, ACT

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Tramea loewii at Chapman, ACT - 21 Jan 2020
Tramea loewii at Chapman, ACT - 21 Jan 2020
Tramea loewii at Chapman, ACT - 21 Jan 2020

Identification history

Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Tramea loewii 17 Mar 2020 HarveyPerkins
Tramea loewii 9 Mar 2020 roymcd
Unidentified 22 Jan 2020 SWishart

Significant sighting

  17 Mar 2020

This species appears to be essentially an uncommon vagrant in the Canberra region.

Author's notes

Possibly newly emerged as it has some weird bits looping off the body - best seen from rear

6 comments

roymcd wrote:
   9 Mar 2020
Hi SWishart, thanks for your interesting photos. (If you have any more of this individual, can you please upload them).
I really need to get a second opinion from Dr Harvey Perkins for this individual. It might (emphasis 'might') be a Common Glider, Tramea loewii, which would be a new observation/significant sighting for Canberra Nature Map, and possibly the Canberra region in general. We will wait with anticipation for Harvey's opinion, who is far more qualified than I to give a verdict on these matters.
Regardless of the verdict, a very interesting photo, thanks :-)

http://www.bushpea.com/df/pg/all/c/common%20glider%2009.html
roymcd wrote:
   9 Mar 2020
Without getting too far ahead of myself, ALA seems to have one record of this species within the ACT.
https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:fc655481-9fc9-46a1-afcb-7c3d88f1e4b5
SWishart wrote:
   9 Mar 2020
Hi I've added a third photo but the others are just the same as these ones and the new one is very similar to the first one. Sorry, it was in an awkward spot against the sun.
roymcd wrote:
   9 Mar 2020
Hi SWishart, thanks for the third photo, which provides further useful detail, (and looks even more promising for a positive ID in favour of Common Glider, Tramea loewii).
It will be interesting to see what Harvey thinks when he manages a spare moment and has a look at it.
Kind regards, Roy.
   17 Mar 2020
Hi Susan - Roy is quite right; this is a Common Glider Tramea loewii. Though they are far from common in Canberra. This one appears to be a female, or possibly a newly emerged male. The location suggests it was not close to any significant water body - can you confirm that? If so, this would suggest to me that it is a female, possibly flown in or been blown in from elsewhere as I don't think there are any reliable local breeding sites.

The following is draft text from my (very) slowly evolving field guide...

This is a rare species in the ACT, and appears to be present only irregularly. Nationally, its distribution is more to the east and north, and the ACT probably only provides marginal conditions for this species. It may be that it occurs in the ACT only after migration from more suitable regions, or after relatively mild winters which may allow any locally laid eggs to hatch and larvae to survive the Canberra winter. I’ve only seen this species at two locations in the ACT: the main dam at the National Arboretum, and a small dam in The Pinnacle Nature Reserve; both in the spring/summer of 2016-17 (from 21 October to 11 January).

I hadn't realised I hadn't included this species in CNM. Will address that right away. The record Roy mentions in ALA is one of my records from the Arboretum dam on 21 Oct 2016.
SWishart wrote:
   18 Mar 2020
On the assumption that my little 1m x 2m pond (with fish to eat mossie larvae) and the neighbour's water feature don't count then there is no significant water around here that I know of. Even the dam on Cooleman Ridge at the end of Dam FT was dry at the time (but full of weeds and lovely insects including my first ever sighting of a blue banded bee) - from memory mid-late Jan was still pretty windy.
P.S. Field Guide??? Yes please - I'm putting an order in now for whenever it's finished. No pressure!

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Nearby Sightings

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Bembix sp. (genus) (Unidentified Bembix sand wasp) at Chapman, ACT - 23 Mar 2020 Porela delineata (Lined Porela Moth) at Chapman, ACT - 21 Mar 2020 Oxyopes sp. (genus) (Lynx spider) at Chapman, ACT - 19 Jan 2020 Austroagrion watsoni (Eastern Billabongfly) at Chapman, ACT - 8 Jan 2020 Sceliphron laetum (Common mud dauber wasp) at Chapman, ACT - 8 Jan 2020 Myiagra cyanoleuca (Satin Flycatcher) at Chapman, ACT - 28 Oct 2019 Hippodamia variegata (Spotted Amber Ladybird) at Chapman, ACT - 26 Oct 2019 Vanessa itea (Yellow Admiral) at Chapman, ACT - 28 Sep 2019 Melangyna sp. (genus) (Hover Fly) at Chapman, ACT - 27 Jul 2019 Poecilometis strigatus (Gum Tree Shield Bug) at Chapman, ACT - 27 Jul 2019 Pachycephala pectoralis (Golden Whistler) at Chapman, ACT - 21 Apr 2019 Mallada traviatus (Goldeneye Lacewing) at Chapman, ACT - 8 Apr 2019 Chalcites lucidus (Shining Bronze-Cuckoo) at Chapman, ACT - 14 Mar 2019 Austroagrion watsoni (Eastern Billabongfly) at Chapman, ACT - 4 Mar 2019 Galanga labeculata (Double-spotted cicada) at Chapman, ACT - 7 Jan 2019 Ocybadistes walkeri (Greenish Grass-dart) at Chapman, ACT - 7 Jan 2019 Psephotus haematonotus (Red-rumped Parrot) at Chapman, ACT - 31 Dec 2018 Christinus marmoratus (Southern Marbled Gecko) at Chapman, ACT - 18 Dec 2018 Heteronympha merope (Common Brown) at Chapman, ACT - 11 Dec 2018 Heteronympha merope (Common Brown) at Chapman, ACT - 6 Dec 2018 Epiphyas postvittana (Light Brown Apple Moth) at Chapman, ACT - 14 Aug 2018 Oxycanus silvanus (Pale Oxycanus) at Chapman, ACT - 25 May 2018 Stephanopis sp. (genus) (Knobbly crab spider) at Chapman, ACT - 22 Apr 2018 Scioglyptis lyciaria (White-patch Bark Moth) at Chapman, ACT - 30 Mar 2018 Chrysodeixis eriosoma (Green Looper) at Chapman, ACT - 28 Mar 2018 Hypodoxa muscosaria (Textured Emerald) at Chapman, ACT - 8 Dec 2017
Bembix sp. (genus) (Unidentified Bembix sand wasp) at Chapman, ACT - 23 Mar 2020
Porela delineata (Lined Porela Moth) at Chapman, ACT - 21 Mar 2020
Oxyopes sp. (genus) (Lynx spider) at Chapman, ACT - 19 Jan 2020
Austroagrion watsoni (Eastern Billabongfly) at Chapman, ACT - 8 Jan 2020
Sceliphron laetum (Common mud dauber wasp) at Chapman, ACT - 8 Jan 2020
Myiagra cyanoleuca (Satin Flycatcher) at Chapman, ACT - 28 Oct 2019
Hippodamia variegata (Spotted Amber Ladybird) at Chapman, ACT - 26 Oct 2019
Vanessa itea (Yellow Admiral) at Chapman, ACT - 28 Sep 2019
Melangyna sp. (genus) (Hover Fly) at Chapman, ACT - 27 Jul 2019
Poecilometis strigatus (Gum Tree Shield Bug) at Chapman, ACT - 27 Jul 2019
Pachycephala pectoralis (Golden Whistler) at Chapman, ACT - 21 Apr 2019
Mallada traviatus (Goldeneye Lacewing) at Chapman, ACT - 8 Apr 2019
Chalcites lucidus (Shining Bronze-Cuckoo) at Chapman, ACT - 14 Mar 2019
Austroagrion watsoni (Eastern Billabongfly) at Chapman, ACT - 4 Mar 2019
Galanga labeculata (Double-spotted cicada) at Chapman, ACT - 7 Jan 2019
Ocybadistes walkeri (Greenish Grass-dart) at Chapman, ACT - 7 Jan 2019
Psephotus haematonotus (Red-rumped Parrot) at Chapman, ACT - 31 Dec 2018
Christinus marmoratus (Southern Marbled Gecko) at Chapman, ACT - 18 Dec 2018
Heteronympha merope (Common Brown) at Chapman, ACT - 11 Dec 2018
Heteronympha merope (Common Brown) at Chapman, ACT - 6 Dec 2018
Epiphyas postvittana (Light Brown Apple Moth) at Chapman, ACT - 14 Aug 2018
Oxycanus silvanus (Pale Oxycanus) at Chapman, ACT - 25 May 2018
Stephanopis sp. (genus) (Knobbly crab spider) at Chapman, ACT - 22 Apr 2018
Scioglyptis lyciaria (White-patch Bark Moth) at Chapman, ACT - 30 Mar 2018
Chrysodeixis eriosoma (Green Looper) at Chapman, ACT - 28 Mar 2018
Hypodoxa muscosaria (Textured Emerald) at Chapman, ACT - 8 Dec 2017

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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Vagrant Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

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