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|Bush dragonfly Uropetala carovei.|
The bush giant dragonfly is New Zealand's largest dragonfly, with a body length of 80-85 mm and a wingspan reaching 140 mm or more. It is found throughout both main islands, and is often seen and its loud clattering flight is heard when hovering around forest clearings during the summer. They are voracious predators that can consume 20 flies in an hour, and sometimes catch large cicadas. They are preyed upon by kingfishers, wasps and rats. The male has large, petal-shaped hind appendages.
Caught this one hunting around my garden and recharging in the sun.
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