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BugFiles Pictures: Blue Ringtail (Austrolestes annulosus)

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kennedyh
Churchill, Victoria
Australia
(Zone 10a)



February 5, 2008
11:28 PM

Post #4499826

Blue Ringtail (Austrolestes annulosus)

http://davesgarden.com/guides/bf/go/1835/

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Chamma
Tennille, GA
(Zone 8b)

May 19, 2009
12:43 PM

Post #6569348

Are these the same type????

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Chamma
Tennille, GA
(Zone 8b)

May 19, 2009
12:45 PM

Post #6569357

mating pair

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catbird8
Houston, TX

May 19, 2009
7:37 PM

Post #6570840

The photos by Chamma are very good. However, in answer to his question, "are these the same type" the answer would be - same type, as in they are also "damselflies". They are not the same damselfly. Identifying damselflies is, in my opinion, harder than identifying warblers. Good luck on getting a complete identification, as Kennedyh has done.

Rod
kennedyh
Churchill, Victoria
Australia
(Zone 10a)



May 19, 2009
8:40 PM

Post #6571076

Chamma, as Rod says yours is definitely not this species, which is I believe confined to Australia.

I had a look on BugGuide and found that yours is almost certainly one of two almost identical damselflies. It is a male of either the Familiar Bluet (Enallagma civile): http://bugguide.net/node/view/150065/bgimage
or the Atlantic Bluet (Enallagma doubledayi): http://bugguide.net/node/view/61404/bgimage

Unfortunately, telling them apart is very difficult - "separation requires examination of male cerci or of female mesostigmal plate (on thorax)"

Kennedy

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