The Scarlet Percher (Diplacodes haematodes) belongs to the order Odonata and found throughout Australia.

Whilst small in size, this is a striking bright red dragonfly. It is the mature male of the species that are red, including red eyes, red face, red thorax and red abdomen. They also have the reddish suffusions on the wing base and under certain lighting conditions the gossamer wings appear golden. The female of the species are a yellow-ochre in colour.

Scarlet Percher (Diplacodes haematodes), Alice Springs, NT
Scarlet Percher (Diplacodes haematodes), Alice Springs, NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Odonata
  • Suborder: Anisoptera
  • Superfamily: Libelluloidea
  • Family: Libellulidae
  • Genus: Diplacodes
  • Species: D. haematodes
  • Binomial name: Diplacodes haematodes

Footnote & References

  1. Alice Springs Field Naturalists Club Facebook group – thanks to member Robert Read for the ID of this species, https://www.facebook.com/groups/alicefieldnats/
  2. Diplacodes haematodes, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diplacodes_haematodes (last visited Feb. 27, 2022)
  3. Scarlet Percher Dragonfly – Diplacodes haematodes, Brisbane Insects and Spiders, https://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_dragons/ScarletPercher.htm
  4. Scarlet Percher Diplacodes haematodes, iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations?taxon_id=157759
  5. Diplacodes haematodes (Burmeister, 1839), Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:0c6260a5-59f2-4feb-8372-db2138b29fc3