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Orange Damselfly - Lestes

Orange Damselfly - Lestes
San Antonio, Bamberger Park, Bexar County, Texas, USA
April 22, 2006
Size: 1.5-2"
I spotted this damselfly last year and have yet to satisfactorily identify it. The best that I could come up with was an Orange Bluet (Enallagma signatum), but I feel that is incorrect. There were multiple specimens around, and I found them on two consecutive weekends. I've included multiple shots; one specimen has rather smoky wings and in another the wings are spread like a spreadwing, however, this posture was only ever temporary. Not being good at sexing these bugs, I can't tell if they are all the same gender, but my guess is that both male and female are represented (is this right?).

Moved from Damselflies.

One male, three females
You're correct about both sexes being here. This one is a male, and the three others are female. They're teneral individuals from the spreadwing genus Lestes...that's as far as I've gotten so far.

Plateau Spreadwing possibly?
Hi Nick,
Thanks for the feedback, I think that you've put me on the right track. I took a look back at other photos taken that day (and at my journal), and Plateau Spreadwings (Lestes alacer) were definitely around too, and fairly common. I added a couple of pictures. A web search turned up the two links below.

Could be
I wouldn't be surprised if they were Plateau Spreadwings, particularly if you saw mature individuals in the area. They're one of the three Lestes known from Bexar County. Check out for more info, too. I don't know if you can definitively ID your teneral bugs, though.

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