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Black Faced Percher - Diplacodes Melanopsis

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This page contains information and pictures about Black Faced Percher Dragonflies that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia. 
 
Male, body length35mm
 
This red dragonfly male is easily recognized for his all black face and front thorax. Males have red adbomen marked with board black band on each segment. Females are similar but abdomen is orange-grey to greenish-grey and face with lighter colours. They are found only in large still waters and not in the running creeks. 
 

 
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This set of eggs laying photos were taken in the Lagoon in Karawatha Forest Feb 2008.
 

 
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The Black Faced Percher pair mated for about a minute, then started to lay eggs in tandem. They laid eggs into the water surface which is full of dense water plants.  
 
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This set of eggs laying photos were taken in the Lagoon in Karawatha Forest March 2008. 
 

Male

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Males have red adbomen marked with board black band on each segment. 
 
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Female

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Females are similar but abdomen is orange-grey to greenish-grey and face with lighter colours.  Female of this species is easily confused with other two Percher species (the Scarlet Percher and Wandering Percher). The above 1st photo was put in the Wandering Percher page until we took the above set of tandem photos to compare and confirm. 

Reference:
1. The Australian Dragonflies - CSIRO, Watson, Theisinger & Abbey,1991, p244.
2. A Field Guide to Dragonflies of South East Queensland - Ric Nattrass, 2006, p91.
3. The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia - CSIRO, GŁnther Theischinger and John Hawking, 2006, p278. 

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Last updated: March 01, 2008.