Field guide dragonflies

To: Stephen Ambrose <>, 'Jan Ranson' <>, "" <>
Subject: Field guide dragonflies
From: Peter Ewin <>
Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2019 07:43:47 +0000
The guide that Stephen recommends is the only one available - I find it a little frustrating compared to bird (and even the butterfly field guide) - many species only have photos of males (and don't even discuss the female characteristics).
I haven't seen that key before - however I have used this one ( and have found it quite useful if you have photos (at least gives a starting point). Apparently isn't great for northern Australia but I have found it good for around Albury, Sydney and Brisbane.
There is a FaceBook group as well but doesn't get many responses (though there are one or two that are good at IDs).
Hope that helps.

From: Birding-Aus <> on behalf of Stephen Ambrose <>
Sent: Monday, 1 July 2019 2:28 PM
To: 'Jan Ranson';
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Field guide dragonflies

Hi Jan,


I have found the following book useful for identifying Australian dragonflies:

Theischinger, G & Hawking, J. (2006). The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia. 366 pp. (CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood). .


There is also an online identification key and photos of Australian damselfly and dragonfly species but I’ve never used it, so I don’t know how useful it is.


Kind regards,

Stephen Ambrose

Ryde NSW


From: Birding-Aus [ On Behalf Of Jan Ranson
Sent: Monday, 1 July 2019 11:30 AM
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Field guide dragonflies


Hi all, it might be a little bit off topic but could anyone recommend a field guide to the dragonflies of Australia?


Many thanks,


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