Ancient insect found
THE discovery in Victoria’s west of a tiny dragonfly which is the only living example of a 250-million-year-old species has lifted hopes the insect is moving away from the brink of extinction.
The Ancient Greenling damselfly measures just 2.4 centimetres long and is found in only a handful of sites across Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. Hard to spot because of its tiny size and clever camouflage, the metallic green dragonfly has been detected in wetlands at Victoria’s Grampians to the delight of scientists and enthusiasts.
The Ancient Greenling dragonfly is the only living relative of the Hemiphlebiidae family, whose predecessors are found only in 250-million-year-old fossil records from Brazil to Russia.