Blue Ringtail

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Blue Ringtail
Austrolestes annulosus.jpg
Male, Tasmania, Australia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Family: Lestidae
Genus: Austrolestes
Species: A. annulosus
Binomial name
Austrolestes annulosus
Sélys, 1862

The Blue Ringtail (Austrolestes annulosus) is an Australian damselfly. It is found in most of the continent.

Taxonomy[edit]

The Blue Ringtail was first described by Edmond de Sélys Longchamps in 1862.[1]

Description[edit]

The abdomen is 3 cm long.[2] It can easily be confused with C. lyelli or C. billinghursti, but can be differentiated through dorsal patterns. They are a thin, medium-sized damselfly with varying coloration, which depends on maturity and temperature. However most are a striking blue with minimal black markings. Females are slightly more robust than males, and have a black and white/pale blue coloration.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It is widely distributed in most of Australia, except for the northern and northeastern parts.[1] It is active through September to April in still water bodies such as riverine pools, lakes and ponds, including temporary pools.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Austrolestes annulosus". Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. October 9, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  2. ^ Daley, Elizabeth; Daley, Anthony (2007). Wings: an introduction to Tasmania's winged insects. Riffles Pty. Ltd. p. 7. ISBN 978-0-9804006-2-5.