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Lestidae - Spread-winged Damselflies

 

Classification

 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Arthropoda
 Subphylum: Hexapoda
 Class: Insecta
 Order: Odonata
 Family: Lestidae

Slender SpreadwingLike most damselflies, the species in this family have long, thin bodies and long, thin wings. Unlike other damselflies, the species in this family hold their wings slightly open when they are at rest. Damselflies in other families hold their wings together when they are at rest.

Spread-winged damselflies have transparent wings with one black spot called the pterostigma on the tip of each of their four wings. They are 1-2 inches in length, and many species have have metallic green bodies, and most species have round bluish-green eyes on the sides of their heads.

Spread-winged damselflies are found around ponds and swamps, where they can be seen perching on grass and plant stems.

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World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct Not Enough DataNot Enough Data
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist.

U.S. Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Endangered in US Endangered in US Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife. Click on U.S. status icon to go to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife species profile.
  New Hampshire Status Key
Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Breeds in NH Breeds in NH (birds)
Status taken from NH Fish and Game

Location Key
Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH More Info Click for More Info picture Click for Image

New Hampshire Species

 

North American Species

Spotted Spreadwing - Lestes congener North America New Hampshire Species  image More Info
Northern Spreadwing - Lestes disjunctus North America New Hampshire Species image More Info
Emerald Spreadwing - Lestes dryas Least Concern Africa Asia Europe North America New Hampshire Species image More Info
Amber-winged Spreadwing - Lestes eurinus North America New Hampshire Species More Info
Sweetflag Spreadwing - Lestes forcipatus North America New Hampshire Species image More Info
Elegant Spreadwing - Lestes inaequalis North America New Hampshire Species   More Info
Lyre-tipped Spreadwing - Lestes unguiculatus North America New Hampshire Species image More Info
Slender Spreadwing - Lestes rectangularis North America New Hampshire Species  image More Info
Swamp Spreadwing Lestes vigilax North America New Hampshire Species image More Info
 

California Spreadwing - Archilestes californica North America More Info
Great Spreadwing - Archilestes grandis North America image More Info
Plateau Spreadwing - Lestes alacer North America More Info
Southern Spreadwing - Lestes australis North America More Info
Rainpool Spreadwing - Lestes forficula North America South America More Info
Lestes henshawi  Least Concern
North America
Chalky Spreadwing - Lestes sigma North America More Info
Antillean Spreadwing - Lestes spumarius Least Concern North America
Black Spreadwing - Lestes stultus North America More Info
Blue-striped Spreadwing - Lestes tenuatus North America More Info
Lestes tikalus  Least Concern North America
Carolina Spreadwing - Lestes vidua North America
More Info

Selected Species Around the World

Blue Damselfly -Austrolestes colensonis  Least Concern Australia
Dune Ringtail - Austrolestes minjerriba Endangered Australia More Info
Eastern Willow Spreadwing - Chalcolestes parvidens Least Concern Asia Europe imageGreen Emerald Damselfly - Chalcolestes viridis  Least Concern Europe image
Small Reedling - Indolestes alleni Not Enough Data Australia More Info
Indolestes anomalus not enough data Asia
Indolestes assamicus not enough data Asia
Indolestes bellax near threatened Asia
Indolestes bilineatus not enough data Asia
Indolestes boninensis Critically Endangered Asia
Indolestes coeruleus not enough data Asia
Indolestes cyaneus least concern Asia
Indolestes gracilis least concern Asia
Indolestes indicus near threatened Asia
Indolestes inflatus not enough data Asia
Indolestes peregrinus least concern Asia image
Indolestes pulcherrimus least concern Asia
Lestes amicus least concern Africa
Lestes angularis not enough data Asia
Lestes auritus
least concern South America
Southern Emerald Damselfly - Lestes barbarus least concern Asia Europe image
Lestes concinnus Least Concern Asia Australia
Lestes curvatus Least Concern South America
Lestes debellardi Not Enough Data South America
Lestes dichrostigma Least Concern
South America
Cryptic Spreadwing - Lestes dissimulans Least Concern Africa
Lestes dorothea   Least Concern Asia
Emerald Spreadwing - Lestes elatus Least Concern Asia image
Lestes garoensis  Not Enough Data Asia
Lestes helix  Least Concern South America
Tawny Spreadwing - Lestes ictericus Least Concern Africa
Dark Spreadwing - Lestes macrostigma Least Concern Asia Europe More Info

 

Lestes malaisei  Not Enough Data Asia
Lestes nigriceps  Not Enough Data Asia
Lestes nodalis Least Concern Asia image
Algerian Spreadwing - Lestes numidicus Not Enough Data Africa
Lestes ochraceus  Least Concern Africa
Pallid Spreadwing - Lestes pallidus Least Concern Africa image
Lestes paulistus  Least Concern South America
Pinhey's Spreadwing  - Lestes pinheyi Least Concern Africa
Highland Spreadwing - Lestes plagiatus Least Concern Africa
Scalloped  Spreadwing - Lestes praemorsus Least Concern Asia image
Lestes quercifolia  Least Concern Asia
Lestes silvaticus  Not Enough Data Africa
Emerald Damselfly- Lestes sponsa Least Concern Asia Europe image More Info
Lestes thoracicus  Least Concern Africa
Spotted Spreadwing - Lestes tridens Least Concern Africa
Lestes umbrinus  Not Enough Data Asia
Sickle Spreadwing - Lestes uncifer Least Concern Africa
Lestes undulatus  Least Concern South America
Lestes urubamba  Least Concern South America
S
mall Emerald Spreadwing - Lestes virens Least Concern Asia Europe image
Virginal Spreadwing - Lestes virgatus Least Concern Africa image
Lestes viridulus Least Concern Asia image
Orolestes durga 
not enough data Asia
Orolestes octomaculatus  Least Concern Asia
Orolestes selysi  Least Concern Asia
Orolestes wallacei  Least Concern
Asia image
Platylestes heterostylus  not enough data Asia
Platylestes platystylus  Least Concern Asia
Emerald Sri Lanka Spreadwing - Sinhalestes orientalis Critically Endangered Asia
Common Winter Damsel - Sympecma fusca Least Concern Africa Asia Europe image
Siberian Winter Damsel - Sympecma paedisca  Least Concern Asia Europe image More Info

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio New Hampshire Species NH Species

Amber-winged Spreadwing - Lestes eurinus Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The amber-winged spreadwing is found from Manitoba east to Nova Scotia and south to Missouri and North Carolina. It is found across New Hampshire.
Source: BioKids Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary School Teacher Section: No

Amber-winged Spreadwing - Lestes eurinus profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The amber-winged spreadwing is found near ponds, bogs, and lakes without fish.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Amber-winged Spreadwing - Lestes eurinus profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The amber-winged spreadwing is 1.7-2 inches in length.
Source: Wisconsin Odonata Survey Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Black Spreadwing - Lestes stultus profile Photos North America
The black spreadwing is found in the western U.S.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Blue-striped Spreadwing - Lestes tenuatus profile Photos North America
The blue-stripped spreadwing is found in Florida. In 2008 it was found in south Texas.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

California Spreadwing - Archilestes californica profile Photos North America
The California spreadwing is found from Washington south to Baja California, Arizona, and New Mexico.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Carolina Spreadwing - Lestes vidua profile Photos North America
The California spreadwing is found from North Carolina south to FLorida and west to Alabama.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Chalky Spreadwing - Lestes sigma profile Photos North America
The chalky spreadwing is found from Oklahoma and Texas south through Mexico to Costa Rica.
Source: Odonata Central- Texas Natural Science Center Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Dark Spreadwing - Lestes macrostigma profile Photos Least Concern Photos Asia Europe
The dark spreadwing is found in in coastal regions of Europe and Asia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Dune Ringtail - Austrolestes minjerriba profile Photos Endangered Australia
The dune ringtail is found in New South Wales and Queensland, Australia.
Source: Atlas of Living Australia Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Elegant Spreadwing - Lestes inaequalis profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The elegant spreadwing is found in eastern North America from Ontario south to Florida and west to Minnesota and Texas.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Elegant Spreadwing - Lestes inaequalis profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The elegant spreadwing is a large metallic green damselfly.
Source: Odonata Central- Texas Natural Science Center Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Emerald Damselfly - Lestes sponsa profile Photos Least Concern Africa image More Info
The emerald damselfly is found from western Europe to Japan. It is also known as the common spreadwing.
Source: British Dragonfly Society Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Emerald Spreadwing - Lestes dryas Least Concern Africa Asia Europe North America New Hampshire Species  image More Info
The emerald spreadwing is found from Alaska, Northwest Territories and Nova Scotia south to California, New Mexico, Nebraska, and Virginia. It is found across New Hampshire. It is also found in Eurasia and northern Africa.
Source: BioKids Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary School Teacher Section: No

Emerald Spreadwing - Lestes dryas profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The emerald spreadwing is metallic green.
Source: Odonata Central- Texas Natural Science Center Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Great Spreadwing - Archilestes grandis profile Photos North America
The great spreadwing is found in western and southern regions of the United States.
Source: Odonata Central- Texas Natural Science Center Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Great Spreadwing - Archilestes grandis profile Photos North America
The great spreadwing has a bright yellow stripe on its thorax that makes it easy to identify.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Lyre-tipped Spreadwing - Lestes unguiculatus profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The lyre-tipped spreadwing is found in the northern U.S. and Canada.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Lyre-tipped Spreadwing - Lestes unguiculatus profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The lyre-tipped spreadwing is found near pools, ponds, and slow-moving streams.
Source: Odonata Central- Texas Natural Science Center Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Northern Spreadwing - Lestes disjunctus profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The northern spreadwing is found across much of North America.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Plateau Spreadwing - Lestes alacer profile Photos North America
The plateau spreadwing is found in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas south through Mexico and Costa Rica.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Plateau Spreadwing - Lestes alacer profile Photos North America
The plateau spreadwing has a blue face.
Source: Odonata Central- Texas Natural Science Center Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Rainpool Spreadwing - Lestes forficula profile Photos North America South America
The rainpool spreadwing is found from Texas and Mexico and south through Central America and West Indies to Argentina and Brazil.
Source: Odonata Central- Texas Natural Science Center Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Rainpool Spreadwing - Lestes forficula profile Photos North America South America
The rainpool spreadwing is found in ponds and pools.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Siberian Winter Damsel - Sympecma paedisca profile Photos Video  Least Concern Asia Europe
The Siberian winter damsel is found in Afghanistan, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, North and South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Slender Spreadwing - Lestes rectangularis Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The slender spreadwing is found in the eastern United States.
Source: BioKids Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary School Teacher Section: No

Slender Spreadwing - Lestes rectangularis profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
Male slender spreadwings have very long abdomens.
Source: Odonata Central- Texas Natural Science Center Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Small Reedling - Indolestes alleni profile Photos Not Enough Data Australia
Male slender spreadwings have very long abdomens.
Source: Atlas of Living Australia Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Southern Spreadwing - Lestes australis profile Photos North America
The southern spreadwing is found across the eastern and southern United States.
Source: Odonata Central- Texas Natural Science Center Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Southern Spreadwing - Lestes australis profile Photos North America
The southern spreadwing is usually found in non-moving water habitats with emergent vegetation.
Source: Wisconsin Odonata Survey Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Southern Spreadwing - Lestes australis profile Photos North America
The southern spreadwing is 1.4-1.8 inches in length.
Source: Bug Guide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Spotted Spreadwing -Lestes congener profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The spotted spreadwing is found across much of the United States, except for some southern states. It is found in New Hampshire in the fall.
Source: Odonata Central- Texas Natural Science Center Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Spotted Spreadwing - Lestes tridens profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The spotted spreadwing is found at the edges of ponds, marshes, and swamps.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Swamp Spreadwing - Lestes vigilax profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The swamp spreadwing is found from Southeastern Canada and Minnesota and south to Florida and Oklahoma and Texas.
Source: Odonata Central- Texas Natural Science Center Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Sweetflag Spreadwing - Lestes forcipatus profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The sweetflag spreadwing is found in the eastern U.S. and southeastern Canada. It is found across New Hampshire.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Sweetflag Spreadwing - Lestes forcipatus profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The sweetflag spreadwing is found in ponds, lakes, and slow streams.
Source: Wisconsin Odonata Survey Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No