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Tramea loewii

5 Common Glider at Isabella Pond

Tramea loewii at Isabella Pond - 4 Oct 2020
Tramea loewii at Isabella Pond - 4 Oct 2020
Tramea loewii at Isabella Pond - 4 Oct 2020
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Identification history

Tramea loewii 4 Oct 2020 HarveyPerkins

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Significant sighting

4 Oct 2020

This species is generally quite rare in Canberra.

Author's notes

There were at least two males in addition to this tandem pair cruising the Isabella wetlands today. They're very active and fast, so I was lucky to manage to snap off these shots when they came down for the female to lay eggs (which is a very brief process). CNM had a single female recorded last season (in January) in Chapman, so there may have been a few about to lay eggs and I suspect these may have grown as larvae in this pond and have recently eclosed as adults. It would be great if all dragonfly photographers could keep an eye out for this species across Canberra this season so we can get a better idea of just what their behaviour and status here is.

3 comments

RodDeb wrote:
   5 Oct 2020
saw them there today, tried to get pics of them today thought they were Scarlet Perchers but they just didn't perch at all. Well done Harvey.
   5 Oct 2020
They're about twice the length / 3x the 'size' of a Scarlet Percher. Bigger than the Tau Emeralds, smaller than the Blue-spotted Hawkers and Australian Emperors that are also there at the moment.
RodDeb wrote:
   5 Oct 2020
Yes they all looked big but were so fast so you did well to get your photos. Thanks for the info looks like we may be going back sometime again soon.

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Anax papuensis (Australian Emperor) at Isabella Pond - 4 Oct 2020 by HarveyPerkins
Porphyrio melanotus (Australasian Swamphen) at Isabella Pond - 4 Oct 2020 by HarveyPerkins
Ischnura heterosticta (Common Bluetail) at Isabella Pond - 4 Oct 2020 by HarveyPerkins
Poliocephalus poliocephalus (Hoary-headed Grebe) at Isabella Pond - 28 Dec 2019 by RodDeb
Carex appressa (Tall Sedge) at Isabella Pond - 2 Oct 2019 by michaelb
Ischnura heterosticta (Common Bluetail) at Isabella Pond - 2 Oct 2019 by michaelb
Cyperus exaltatus (Tall Flat-sedge, Giant Sedge) at Isabella Pond - 2 Oct 2019 by michaelb
Myriophyllum sp. (A water-milfoil) at Isabella Pond - 2 Oct 2019 by michaelb
Marsilea sp. (Aquatic fern) at Isabella Pond - 2 Oct 2019 by michaelb
Ardea alba (Great Egret) at Isabella Pond - 10 Sep 2019 by RodDeb
Zanda funereus (Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo) at Isabella Pond - 6 Mar 2019 by RodDeb
Austroagrion watsoni (Eastern Billabongfly) at Isabella Pond - 16 Mar 2017 by JohnBundock
Alternanthera philoxeroides (Alligator Weed) at Isabella Pond - 27 Nov 2016 by michaelb
Persicaria hydropiper (Water Pepper) at Isabella Pond - 16 Apr 2015 by michaelb
Schoenoplectus validus (River Club-rush) at Isabella Pond - 16 Apr 2015 by michaelb

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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Vagrant Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 4 Abundance
  • 4 Oct 2020 01:45 PM Recorded on
  • HarveyPerkins Recorded by

Additional information

  • 50mm or larger Animal size
  • Mixed Gender
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