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Yellow-striped Flutterer Dragonfly - Rhyothemis phyllis 

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This page contains information and pictures about Yellow-striped Flutterer Dragonflies that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
 
Male, body length 40mm

Yellow-striped Flutterer Dragonfly flies with fluttering in slow speed, gliding most of the time. Its wings are much longer than its body. This dragonfly is easily recognized. The head and body are dark brown in colour. Its wings are clear but tinged with yellow, with black tips. On the hind-wings base there are the yellow stripe on brown patterns. 

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We found them on large ponds, including ponds along Oxley Creek and Bulimba Creek in Brisbane.
 
Like the Graphic Flutterer, they fly slowly, usually gliding instead of flying. If they fly, they flutter their wings slowly. They can change speed and direction suddenly when flight. 
 
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We also found them on the lagoon in Karawatha Forest. 
 
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Females and males look similar, with patterns on wings slightly different. 
 
Male  
 
Female 

Reference:
1. The Australian Dragonflies - CSIRO, Watson, Theisinger & Abbey,1991, p254.
2. A Field Guide to Dragonflies of South East Queensland - Ric Nattrass, 2006, p105.
3. The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia - CSIRO, GŁnther Theischinger and John Hawking, 2006, p286. 

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Last updated: April 02, 2011.