Tuesday, 13 February 2007

Not so odd odonates

My friend Dark Orange has a keen eye for dragonflies. His latest odonate pictures are up on Flickr.

Australian Tiger (Ictinogomphus australis). This species is widespread in eastern and northern Australia. Two other Australian species have much more limited ranges: one occurs in the Plibara of WA, the other on Cape York in Queensland.

Yellow-striped flutterer (Rhyothemis phyllis). Another northern and eastern species but this one has a disjunct (interrupted) distribution, with a break at the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Scarlet percher (Diplacodes haematodes). This one's found everywhere!


Duncan said...

After seeing them I think I'll concentrate on something less challenging. :-(

Dark Orange said...

Duncan, the thrill of getting close enough to a dragonfly to photograph it is the reward, and any usable photos that result are a bonus. Just yesterday I drove 45minutes to spend 3 hours chasing them in the mid-day sun to achieve a total of 0 postable shots.

Use other people's dragonfly photographs as a source of wonderment, use your own as a source of achievement.

Anonymous said...

He do manage a good dragonfly photo don't he! :)