Scientific Name: Lestes virens subsp vestalis (Lestidae).
English Name: Small Spreadwing; Late Spreadwing; Small Emerald Damselfly (Spreadwing or Emerald Damselfly family).
French Name: Le Leste verdoyant (='the Verdant robber').
5 Key Characters:
- smallest and most delicate of the spreadwings.
- back of head is yellow underneath.
- male abdominal segments 9-10 blue.
- no blue on male abdominal segments 1-2.
- pterastigma (opaque coloured cell near wingtips) pale brown.
Habitat: Shallow reedy waters that dry out seasonally, especially in heathy areas.
Adult Flight Period: June-July-August-September-October-November.
Status: Widespread and common, but rarely the dominant spreadwing species.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature: