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Genus Lestes

Dancer Sp220.jpg - Lestes rectangularis - female Spreadwing damselfly1 - Lestes dryas Slender Spreadwing - Lestes rectangularis - female Northern Spreadwing - Lestes disjunctus - female Lestes congener? - Lestes australis Maine Spreadwing - Lestes elegant spreadwing - Lestes inaequalis - male is this a Spotted Spreadwing? - Lestes congener - male
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
Other Common Names
USE: The Odonata of North America for Common Names
USE: The Odonata of North America for Scientific Names
Numbers
Odonata of North America lists 17 species in the genus.
Nearctica.com lists 15 species for this genus.
Identification
Identification can be difficult as to species.
Remarks
Lestes is Greek, meaning "plunderer", no doubt referring to the predatory habits. (1)
Internet References
Insects of Cedar Creek page has links to images(of genitalia) for several different members of this genus.
Giff Beaton's page shows several members of this genus.
Works Cited
1.A Dictionary of Entomology
George Gordh, David H. Headrick. 2003. CABI Publishing.