Ischnura heterosticta

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Ischnura heterosticta
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Male Ischnura heterosticta
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Female Ischnura heterosticta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Superfamily: Coenagrionoidea
Family: Coenagrionidae
Genus: Ischnura
Species: I. heterosticta
Binomial name
Ischnura heterosticta
(Burmeister, 1842)

Ischnura heterosticta, one of at least two species with the common name common bluetail, is a common Australian damselfly of the family Coenagrionidae. It is the largest of the six Ischnura species in Australia.[1] They are generally found near slow-running or still water.[2] The species is also salt tolerant.[3] It flies from October to March.[1]


brown female
Male Ischnura heterosticta tasmanica
Head of the fly

The common bluetail is a small damselfly. Most males have blue eyes, a blue thorax, and a blue ringed tail. The females have a variety of forms including green, brown, black, and a form with very similar colourings to the male.[1][4]


It is found from north of Brisbane, down the east coast, through Victoria to South Australia.[1] It is also found in the south west of Western Australia.