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Yellow Tipped Tigertail, Choristhemis flavoterminata

The yellow-tipped tigertail (Choristhemis flavoterminata) is species of dragonfly that is native to Queensland, Australia. This species prefers to reside in warm, moist habitats near bodies of water like rivers.

The yellow-tipped tigertail reaches an average body length of 1.8 inches and holds a long, thin abdomen. The end of the body holds a bright yellow spot and the wings are light brown in color with a brown spot. Larvae are described as slightly hairy and are light brown or gray in color. Young develop underwater and feed on aquatic larvae of other insects, while adults feed on mature flying insects. When frightened, this species is thought to “play dead” by folding its legs against its body until it feels the treat has gone away, at which point it will fly away.

Image Caption: Yellow-tipped Tigertail, Choristhemis flavoterminata. Heathcote Creek, Heathcote National Park, NSW Australia, January 2011. Credit: John Tann/Wikipedia (CC BY 2.0)

Yellow Tipped Tigertail Choristhemis flavoterminata