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FAMILY Telephebiidae - Darner Dragonflies

Family Telephebiidae is very close to the family Aeshnidae. Members in the Telephebiidae  family are commonly known as Darner 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 mostly clear. 

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 water.

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Larval exuviaes of  Darner Dragonflies, length 40mm

Unicorn Darner
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Austroaeschna unicornis, female body length 50mm, male body length 75mm
This dragonfly seems never rest, spend most of the time flying over the pond. Sometimes it flies and stays still in the air in front of us checking what we are. The pictures were taken on a pond along the Bulimba Creek in Wishart. Females are invariably shorter/stouter than males. Click here for more information and pictures.
 
 
Coastal Evening Darner
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Telephlebia tryoni, female, male, body length 75mm
The Coastal Evening Darner dragonfly are brown in colour, with white strips on the thorax. The wings are clean with all front edges marked with brown bands. The pterostigmas are creamy white in colour. The dragonflies spend most of the time hanging vertically within plants. They fly a few meters away when disturbed. They fly slowly, not in the way you may expect from other dragonflies. More information and pictures please visit the detail Coastal Evening Darners page. 

Reference:
1. A Field Guide to Dragonflies of South East Queensland - Ric Nattrass, 2006, p45.
2. The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia - CSIRO, GŁnther Theischinger and John Hawking, 2006, p116. 

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Last updated: May 11, 2007.