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Species Lestes disjunctus - Northern 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 disjunctus (Northern Spreadwing)
Explanation of Names
Author of species is Selys, 1862.
Size
Length 33-43 mm
Identification
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.
Range
Much of North America (subpsecies disjunctus and australis).
Habitat
Variety of still, slow-moving waters.
Season
Typically summer-fall. Late June-October (Northeastern United States). March-December (Texas, Louisiana).
Remarks
Incorporated the following comment from Nick Block:
Updates
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.
Ref: http://www.ups.edu/x7015.xml
Nick Block, 17 July, 2007 - 2:31pm
See Also
Common Spreadwing, Lestes disjunctus disjunctus separated from Sweetflag Spreadwing, Lestes forcipatus
Print References
Lam, p. 32 (1)
Nikula, p. 46 (2)
Abbott, pp. 36-39 , photos 3a, 3b (3)
Internet References
Odonata of North America, Updated September 2007
Works Cited
1.Damselflies of the Northeast
Ed Lam. 2004. Biodiversity Books.
2.Stokes Beginner's Guide to Dragonflies
Donald and Lillian Stokes. 2002. Little, Brown and Company.
3.Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States
John C. Abbott. 2005. Princeton University Press.