This female Austrolestes was captured as a larvae at Sullivan's Dam, just north of Dunedin as part of my PhD experiment. She metamorphosed in the lab between 4pm 10/7/14 and 10am 11/7/14. Observation data are for when she was observed as an adult.
A rare find! Keeping the location secret for protection of the species.
This is a rare catch! I am not sharing the specific location to protect the beauty! It is in Mendocino National Forest.
Odonata is an order of carnivorous insects, encompassing dragonflies (Anisoptera/Epiprocta) and damselflies (Zygoptera). The word dragonfly is also sometimes used to refer to all Odonata, but odonate is a more correct English name for the group as a whole. Odonata enthusiasts avoid ambiguity by using the term true dragonfly, or simply Anisopteran, when referring to just the Anisoptera. The term Warriorfly has also been proposed. Some 5,900 species have been described in this order.