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Twin Spot Hunter - Austrogomphus (Austroepigomphus) melaleucae  

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This page contains information and pictures about Twin Spot Hunter Dragonflies that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia. They are also known as Melaleuca Hunter Dragonflies.

Male, body length 45mm

We sometimes find the Twin Spot Hunter Dragonflies in streams particularly in open forest. They are yellow in colour with black strips. The anal appendages are pale yellow. They look similar to the Pale Hunter Dragonfly but smaller in size and with more black markings on thorax. Notice the yellow spots on thorax below each wings. We took those pictures when the dragonflies rested on the plants near the Bulimba Creek.

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Male                                                                     
 
It is easily to tell a Clubtail dragonfly whether it is a male or female by just look at its hind wings. Male has the angulated wing base while female has round wing base. However, this rule may not apply to some other dragonfly families, that both male and female have round wing base.
 
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Reference:
1. The Australian Dragonflies - CSIRO, Watson, Theisinger & Abbey,1991, p202.
2. A Field Guide to Dragonflies of South East Queensland - Ric Nattrass, 2006, p64.
3. The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia - CSIRO, GŁnther Theischinger and John Hawking, 2006, p178. 

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Last updated: May 12, 2007.