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Species Lestes vidua - Carolina 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 vidua (Carolina Spreadwing)
Explanation of Names
Author of species is Hagen, 1861.
Size
According to Dunkle (1), size similar to Common Spreadwing (36-45 mm).
Identification
Very similar to Common Spreadwing, Lestes disjunctus. Carolina is more slender and has rusty brown shoulder stripes. (1)
Range
Southeastern United States: North Carolina, south to Florida, west to Alabama.
Habitat
Temporary or permanent ponds with emergent grasses.
Season
February-December in Florida, but most common in fall. March-November (Georgia).
Print References
Dunkle, pp. 38-39, photos of male, female, figs. 21-22 (1)
Internet References
Giff Beaton--records for Georgia, photos.
Odonata of North America, Updated September 2007
Works Cited
1.Damselflies of Florida, Bermuda, and the Bahamas
Sidney W. Dunkle. 1991. Scientific Publishers.