variagated

This stunning creature is a Variegated Flutterer, which is a lovely name for this distinctive dragonfly.

It has a unique pattern of black and yellow on its forewings and hindwings. Quite unmistakable in their flight, as they fly more like a butterfly than a dragonfly, flying slowly and often quite low to the ground. you can see this unique wing movement below.


As mentioned, each individual has a unique patterning on its wings, meaning you can track individuals, like they do with whale sharks.


Fun facts:

Did you know dragonflies have been in existence for over 300 million years? Long before the dinosaurs walked the earth, Griffenflies, which were their prehistoric ancestors, flew the skies. The largest dragonfly fossil found had a wingspan of 2 ½ feet!