Crocothemis nigrifrons

Crocothemis nigrifrons

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(Blue Scarlet Dragonfly, Black-headed Skimmer)

FAMILY

Libellulidae

Species

Crocothemis nigrifrons

Common name(s)

Blue Scarlet Dragonfly, Black-headed Skimmer

Main colour

Males blue with black, females brownish

Size

Wingspan 75 mm, body 45 mm long

Campus

Townsville

Description

This dragonfly belongs to the subfamily commonly known as the Darters. The abdomen in the males is a rich blue and the thorax and head is black, the females are brown to orange. Similar to the Blue skimmer but there is a black line along the broader abdomen. Like the others usually found perched near water, ready to fly out and catch insects.