Blue ringtail

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Blue ringtail
Austrolestes annulosus.jpg
Male, Tasmania, Australia
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Family: Lestidae
Genus: Austrolestes
Species: A. annulosus
Binomial name
Austrolestes annulosus
(Sélys, 1862)[1]
Austrolestes annulosus distribution map.svg

The blue ringtail (Austrolestes annulosus) is an Australian damselfly. It is found on most of the continent.

Taxonomy[edit]

The blue ringtail was first described by Edmond de Sélys Longchamps in 1862.[2]

Description[edit]

The abdomen is 3 cm long.[3] It can easily be confused with Coenagrion lyelli or Caliagrion 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 north-eastern parts.[2] It is active through September to April in still water bodies such as riverine pools, lakes and ponds, including temporary pools.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Selys-Longchamps, E. (1862). "Synopsis des Agrionines, seconde légion: Lestes". Bulletin de la Classe des Science, Academie Royale de Belgique. 2 (in French). 13: 288-338 [332]. 
  2. ^ a b "Species Austrolestes annulosus (Selys, 1862)". Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. October 9, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  3. ^ Daley, Elizabeth; Daley, Anthony (2007). Wings: an introduction to Tasmania's winged insects. Riffles Pty. Ltd. p. 7. ISBN 978-0-9804006-2-5.