Members in this family are commonly known as Hawk Dragonflies. They are usually large in size, with body length 50-100 mm and wings span 80-150 mm. They are either blue, green,
brown or yellow in
colour with black markings. Their compound eyes are broadly confluent at the
midline of the head. Their wings are always clear.
- Australian Emperor Dragonfly, body length 65mm
They are strong fliers, can be found long distance from water. Most species spend most of the time flying and hunting for
prey, seldom rest during the day time. When rest, they are usually in a vertical
position, with body hanging downwards. Females oviposit in water plants or floating wood above or below
- Larval exuviaes of Hawker Dragonfly length 40mm
- Length 30mm
- Blue-spotted Hawker
- Adversaeschna brevistyla, female, male, body length 50mm
- This is a large dragonfly with bright-blue pattern on black, with two
prominent blue stripes on each sides of the thorax. Notice the two large blue
spots and the "cat face" pattern on the back near the wings base. The leading edge of all
wings are pale orange in colour. Its scientific name was Aeshna brevistyla and
changed to Adversaeschna brevistyla lately. More pictures and
information please visit this page.
- Australian Emperor, Yellow Emperor
- Hemianax papuensis, male, body length 65mm
- This is a very large dragonfly. They never stop flying over the pond.
During a sunny summer day, you will see this yellow large dragonfly flying over
every piece of large flash waters in Brisbane. It is usually the largest dragonfly on
the water and will chase away any flying object on its path. The dragonfly
is pale yellow in colour with grey pattern on the body. At the end of its
abdomen there is the yellow spot as the 'tail light'. Click here
for more information on this dragonfly.
- Australian Duskhawker
- Austrogynacantha heterogena, body length 60mm
- Australian Duskhawker is crepuscular and vagrant. The larvae inhabit still
water. The dragonfly is bright green in colour with dark brown patterns.
Please check this page for more
- 1. The Australian Dragonflies - CSIRO, Watson, Theisinger &
- 2. A
Field Guide to Dragonflies of South East Queensland - Ric Nattrass,
- 3. The
Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia - CSIRO, GŁnther
Theischinger and John Hawking, 2006, p148.
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