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Species Lestes forcipatus - Sweetflag 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 forcipatus (Sweetflag Spreadwing)
Explanation of Names
Author of species is Rambur, 1842.
Length 33-43 mm
Dark, male has variable shoulder stripes. Female has very large ovipositor, rather distinctive.
Includes northeastern North America.
Ponds, bogs, lakes, streams with emergent grasses, sedges. (1)
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.