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ANACIAESCHNA JASPIDEA DRAGONFLY
AUSTRALASIAN DUSKHAWKER
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Classification

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Odonata

Suborder: Anisoptera

Family: Aeshnidae

Genus: Anaciaeschna

Species: A. Jaspidea

ANACIAESCHNA JASPIDEA DRAGONFLY

AUSTRALASIAN DUSKHAWKER

Anaciaeschna jaspidea is a species of dragonfly in the family Aeshnidae, commonly known as the Australasian duskhawker and Rusty darner. It widely distributed from India through Australia to the Pacific.

It is a large brown dragonfly with blue eyes. Its thorax is reddish-brown, with two broad greenish-yellow stripes on each side. Wings are transparent with pterostigma, reddish-brown. Abdomen is reddish-brown, marked with azure-blue, white, and yellow. Segment 1 has a large pale yellow spot on each side. Segment 2 has white marks on the sides and azure-blue on the dorsum with a broad spot of reddish-brown on mid-dorsum. Segment 3 to 7 are brown on dorsum with black apical annules. Segments 8 to 10 are darker on dorsum with a pair of dorsal apical spots. Anal appendages are dark reddish-brown. Female is similar to the male.

It is a crepuscular species, flies during dawn and dusk. It is common in marshes surrounded by woods where it breeds.


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