AppearanceIts body length is 43 mm. It has a long and slender body, with a bright metallic-blue colour. They usually rest with wings flat open, but some females sometimes rest with wings folded up. Their antennae are very small; it is hard to see them, but their compound eyes are very large.
Males and females look similar.
Naming''Austroargiolestes icteromelas'' has a two subspecies: ''A. i. icteromelas'' and ''A. i. nigrolabiatus''.
DistributionThe common flatwing's distribution is eastern Australia in the states of Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria.
BehaviorThey sometimes rest in large groups among plants. They perch on leaves, and when disturbed they fly a short distance. Common flatwings tolerate people close to them.
HabitatThey can be easily found along the Bulimba Creek and other creeks in Brisbane, Queensland. They are seldom found near still water ponds, but they are usually found near slow running water. This species likes to rest within a few meters along the creek, in the shaded area.
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