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Slender Skimmer - Orthetrum sabina 

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This page contains information for about Slender Skimmers that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
 
Body length 50mm
 
Slender Skimmer is yellow to greenish yellow in colour, with black markings. There are the yellow and black strips on the body sides and brown spot at base of hindwings. Male and female look the same. As its common name implied, its body is slender. 
 
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In mid summer, after a weeks of heavy rain, there were many temporary small ponds formed in Karawatha Forest. We saw some of these Slender Skimmers flying around those shallow ponds. 
 
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The dragonfly in the about 3rd photo just captured a Blue Butterfly
 
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Reference:
1. The Australian Dragonflies - CSIRO, Watson, Theisinger & Abbey,1991, p250.
2. A Field Guide to Dragonflies of South East Queensland - Ric Nattrass, 2006, p100.
3. The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia - CSIRO, GŁnther Theischinger and John Hawking, 2006, p268. 

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Last updated: March 04, 2012.