Small Spreadwing Lestes virens

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.
Lookalikes: Other spreadwings, especially Migrant Spreadwing Lestes barbarus, which does not have blue on the abdomen.

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:


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