Class: Insecta. Order: Odonata. Family: Libellulidae. Genus Orthetrum. Species: villosovittatum.
The Fiery Skimmer Dragonfly is a brightly coloured dragonfly. The male has a dark thorax and a bright red abdomen
and the female has a brownish orange thorax and abdomen. The abdomen is narrower near the front.
The two pairs of wings are about the same size with a wingspan of about 7cms. The wings are transparent with a fine lattice pattern of veins; there is a small black patch on the leading edge of each wing near the wing tip. Its size is 45mm and it is found around creeks, swamps and boggy ground. The adult dragonflies feed on flying insects. The female lays her eggs in the water dipping her abdomen in the water to lay the eggs.
These dragonflies are found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, the Northern Territory and parts of Western Australia. They are also found in Papua New Guinea.
Thank you to 'ozanimals' for this information and the picture.