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Species Lestes congener - Spotted Spreadwing

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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.