General Description

Metallic green or brownish red in colour. When perching wings are spread wide. Adults large for a damselfly, reaching up to 6 cm in length. The aquatic larval stage has blunt gills attached to the end of the abdomen and has a body length of 2.5-3.5 cm.


Both adults and larvae are active predators. Adults are sometimes seen suspended during the day from reeds or grasses overhanging the water: the abdomen hangs down and the wings are spread.


Only known from eastern Victoria, eastern New South Wales and a small area of south-east Queensland.


Larvae are found in bottom sediments of cold streams.

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