Scientific Name: Rhyothemis braganza
Size: Wingspan 85 mm
What does it look like?
The adult Iridescent Flutterer is blackish with broad, membranous wings, each having dark, metallic purplish-black basal patches of similar length and transparent tips. Wings lack pale spots found in similar species, and have dark pterostigma towards tip of leading edge of each wing. Eyes dark red. Larvae have mid-dorsal spines and very few setae on body.
Where is it found?
It is endemic to northern and north-eastern Australia, from around Port Hedland WA, through NT and Qld to near the NSW border.
What are its habitats & habits?
The Iridescent Flutterer inhabits rivers, streams, billabongs and associated pools, where adults have a fluttering flight and frequently land on small twigs or tall grass stems. Larvae are aquatic, feeding on other aquatic invertebrates.
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This species features in my book A Naturalist’s Guide to the Insects of Australia