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Damselfly, Southern Spreadwing (Lestes australis)

Order: Odonata (oh-do-NAY-ta) (Info)
Family: Lestidae
Genus: Lestes
Species: australis (aw-STRAL-iss) (Info)


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Marion, Arkansas

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Member Notes:

Positive pford1854 On May 31, 2007, pford1854 from Marion, AR
(Zone 7b) wrote:

Southern Spreadwing (Lestes australis)

Males have blue eyes, shoulder stripes, and abdominal segments near the tip. Note pale color of shoulder stripe varies and less pale blue near tip of abdomen compared to Carolina, generally not two full segments. Formerly a subspecies of the more northern Common Spreadwing.

The male is mostly black with pale green shoulder stripes and pale lower legs. The face is pale blue and the eyes are bright blue. Abdominal segments 9 and 10 are pruinose (whitish).

On both sexes the back of the head is black. Female Southern Spreadwings look very much like female Slender Spreadwings, which are a little longer and have yellow wingtips and feet.

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