Common flatwing

Austroargiolestes icteromelas

The common flatwing is a very common species of damselfly of the subfamily Argiolestinae in the family Megapodagrionidae. It is also as the Australian flatwing.
Austroargiolestes icteromelas A widespread damselfly, varying quite a bit in its colouration as well as thoracic patterning.

Adult male, approximately 40 mm body length Australia,Austroargiolestes icteromelas,Common flatwing,Geotagged,Megapodagrionidae,Odonata,Spring,arthropod,common flatwing,fauna,insect,invertebrate,macro,new south wales


Its 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.
Common flatwing (Austroargiolestes icteromelas) Mature males are readily identifiable by the thorax (only) being very pruinose. 
Mature females can also be quite pruinescent on the thorax. 
These are medium-sized damselflies that perch with their wings spread flat (except shortly after emerging). This one is a young female and the pterostigma colour should darken on maturity. Australia,Austroargiolestes calcaris,Austroargiolestes icteromelas,Common flatwing,Damselfly,Geotagged,Odonata,Powdered flatwing,Spring


''Austroargiolestes icteromelas'' has a two subspecies: ''A. i. icteromelas'' and ''A. i. nigrolabiatus''.
Up Close I found these damselflies very curious creatures. They are happy to have their photos taken...
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The common flatwing's distribution is eastern Australia in the states of Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria.
Australian common flatwing (Austroargiolestes icteromelas) This little damselfly really wanted it's picture taken. 
About 45mm long. 
Mostly dark bronze but with cream coloured markings.
 Found in a local nature reserve. Australia,Austroargiolestes icteromelas,Common flatwing,Geotagged,Spring


They 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.


They 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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SpeciesA. icteromelas
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