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Species Lestes forcipatus - Sweetflag Spreadwing

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Classification
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 forcipatus (Sweetflag Spreadwing)
Explanation of Names
Author of species is Rambur, 1842.
Size
Length 33-43 mm
Identification
Dark, male has variable shoulder stripes. Female has very large ovipositor, rather distinctive.
Range
Includes northeastern North America.
Habitat
Ponds, bogs, lakes, streams with emergent grasses, sedges. (1)
Season
Summer-fall. June-September (Maine). May-October (Virginia).
See Also
Southern/Common Spreadwing, Lestes disjunctus.
Print References
Lam, p. 34 (1)
Internet References
Odonata of North America, Updated September 2007
Works Cited
1.Damselflies of the Northeast
Ed Lam. 2004. Biodiversity Books.