General Description

Body long and wide, with a pointed end of the abdomen (pyramidal structure). Up to 3 cm long.


Dragonfly nymphs can move rapidly by squirting water from their abdomen. Their gills are located internally at the rear of the abdomen. They are carnivores and prey on a variety of small invertebrates by shooting out their extendable jaws. Large dragonfly species can spend several years as nymphs. Dragonflies from many families are found all over the world as well as across Australia.


South-western and eastern mainland Australia and Tasmania.


Fast-flowing streams, underneath boulders and stones.

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