Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 BugGuide Gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington


Species Lestes congener - Spotted Spreadwing

Spreadwings, I think - Lestes congener - male - female Damselfly - Lestes congener - male unknown dragonffy - Lestes congener unknown dragonfly - Lestes congener Spotted Spreadwing - Lestes congener Spotted Spreadwing - Lestes congener - male Sask Spreadwing Damselfly  - Lestes congener - female is this a Spotted Spreadwing? - Lestes congener
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Zygoptera (Damselflies)
Family Lestidae (Spreadwings)
Genus Lestes
Species congener (Spotted Spreadwing)
Explanation of Names
Author of species is Hagen, 1861.
body 30-40 mm
Two black spots on the latero-ventral surface of the thorax are diagnostic and give the species its common name; thorax black dorsally.
most of North America except southeastern states (LA FL GA SC NC)
margins of ponds, marshes, swamps and sometimes slow-moving water
latest of the spreadwings; late summer through fall, sometimes into November
Print References
Lam, p. 30 (1)
Abbott, p. 36 , photos 2d, 2e (2)
Nikula, p. 48 (3)
Internet References
scanned adult images of male and female (U. of Puget Sound, Washington)
live adult images and other info (Stephen Cresswell, West Virginia)
live adult images and other info (Ed Lam, New York)
live adult images (Arizona Odonates)
live adult images and other info (
distribution map - North America (Green Mountain College, Vermont)
distribution list by state/province/territory (Bill Mauffray, Florida)
Odonata of North America, Updated September 2007
Works Cited
1.Damselflies of the Northeast
Ed Lam. 2004. Biodiversity Books.
2.Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States
John C. Abbott. 2005. Princeton University Press.
3.Stokes Beginner's Guide to Dragonflies
Donald and Lillian Stokes. 2002. Little, Brown and Company.