Orthetrum caledonicum

Orthetrum caledonicum

Image of Orthetrum caledonicum

(Blue Skimmer)

FAMILY

Libellulidae

Species

Orthetrum caledonicum

Common name

Blue Skimmer

Main colour

Male blue, female yellowish

Size

Body about 5 cm long

Campus

Cairns, Townsville

Description

A widespread species but male and female adults are quite different in colouration. The thorax and abdomen in the male is a chalky blue whilst the female is yellowish. Wings tend to be held in a forward position when resting – a position commonly found in this genus.