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Species Lestes dryas - Emerald 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 dryas (Emerald Spreadwing)
Explanation of Names
Author of species is Kirby, 1890.
body 35-40 mm
dorsal surface of thorax and abdomen metallic green; sides of body yellowish; abdomen relatively short and stout for a spreadwing; paraprocts do not extend beyond cerci
most of North America except southeastern states
also occurs in Eurasia
Shady, quiet waters: woodland pools, especially temporary ones, and marshes
mostly June and July
Life Cycle
Female oviposits in tandem in emergent vegetation.
See Also
Elegant Spreadwing (Lestes inaequalis) which is larger (55-60 mm), more slender, and paraprocts extend beyond cerci
Print References
Lam, p. 28 (1)
Abbott, p. 39, photo 2f (2)
Nikula, p. 49 (3)
Berger, p. 66 (4)
Internet References
scanned adult image of female (U. of Puget Sound, Washington)
live adult images of male, and other info (Jim Bangma,
live adult images (Arizona Odonates)
live adult image of female (Olaf Wolfram, Denmark)
live adult images of male (Robert Behrstock, Texas A&M U.)
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.
4.Dragonflies (Wild Guide)
Cynthia Berger, Amelia Hansen. 2004. Stackpole Books.