Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Provisional identification: Fiery skimmer (Orthetrum villosovittatum), a libuellid dragonfly from eastern and northern Australia, New Guinea and the Moluccas. I used the keys in the dragonfly book to get to family and then resorted to pictures and individual species descriptions. Thanks to that process, I now know a lot more than I did before about the anatomy of dragonfly wings. Not enough to be confident about my ID, but enough to bore people stupid at the pub.
Theischinger, G. & Hawking, J. (2006). The complete field guide to dragonflies of Australia. Collingwood: CSIRO Publishing. 366 pp.