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Species Lestes inaequalis - Elegant 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 inaequalis (Elegant Spreadwing)
Explanation of Names
Author of species is Walsh, 1862.
Size
45-60 mm length (very long)
Identification
Very long. Male bright green.
Range
Eastern North America: Ontario south to Florida, west to Minnesota, Texas.
Habitat
Typically wooded edges of lakes with swamps, bogs, with lots of emergent vegetation.
Season
Summer. June-August (Maine). May-August (Virginia). April-August (Louisiana).
Print References
Lam, p. 26 (1)
Abbott, pp. 40-41, photos 3d, 3e (2)
Dunkle, pp. 44-45, figs. 27, 28 (3)
Internet References
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.Damselflies of Florida, Bermuda, and the Bahamas
Sidney W. Dunkle. 1991. Scientific Publishers.