Explanation of Names
Author of species is Selys, 1862.
Males very dark. Common Spreadwing, Lestes disjunctus disjunctus separated from Sweetflag Spreadwing, Lestes forcipatus, and Southern Spreadwing, Lestes disjunctus australis, by anatomic details, for which, see print references.
Much of North America (subpsecies disjunctus and australis).
Variety of still, slow-moving waters.
Typically summer-fall. Late June-October (Northeastern United States). March-December (Texas, Louisiana).
Incorporated the following comment from Nick Block:
The Lestes info should be updated to indicate the split between Lestes disjunctus and Lestes australis. The common name for disjunctus should be changed to Northern Spreadwing.
… Nick Block
, 17 July, 2007 - 2:31pm
Common Spreadwing, Lestes disjunctus disjunctus separated from Sweetflag Spreadwing, Lestes forcipatus
Abbott, pp. 36-39 , photos 3a, 3b (3)