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Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas)

• English name: Robust Spreadwing
• German name: Glänzende Binsenjungfer
• French name: Leste des bois
• Dutch name: Tangpantserjuffer
• Swedish name: Kraftig smaragdflickslända
• Norwegian name: Sørlig metallvannymfe
• Finnish name: Isokeijukorento
• Danish name: Sortmærket kobbervandnymfe
• Italian name: Verdina robusta
• Czech name: šídlatka tmavá
• Slovenian name: Obrežna zverca
• Bulgarian name: Обикновено кротиче

Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas)

Not present
Present before 1990
Present after 1990

Present before and after 1990
Present after 2015

Distribution map Lestes dryas

Map data based on J.-P. Boudot & V. J. Kalkman (eds.),
Atlas of the European Dragonflies and Damselflies


General • a fairly large, heavily-built metallic green or brown species which occurs throughout Europe except the far north
Classification • suborder: Zygoptera (damselflies); family: Lestidae
Conservation status • IUCN Red List Europe: Least Concern
Scientific name Lestes dryas Kirby, 1890
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • like all other (Chalco)lestes species, often spreads its wings at a 45° angle when at rest
  (Chalco)lestes species overwinter as eggs (in diapause) rather than as larvae or adults
  • very similar to the slightly smaller and more slender L. sponsa
Habitat • still, shallow waters and wetlands which dry up in the course of summer
Dimensions • typical body length: 35-40 mm; hindwing: 20-25 mm
Both sexesThorax• the upper part of the thorax is metallic green or brown; the lower part is white/yellow
 Abdomen• the upper part of the abdomen is metallic green or brown; the lower part is white/yellow
  ➤ the abdomen is rather thickset compared to the similar L. sponsa
 Wings• the pterostigma is dark, often with a fine white line laterally
 Legs• the legs are all black
MaleThorax• in mature males the lower part of the thorax is covered with a whitish blue pruinescence
 Abdomen• in mature males S1, most of S2, S9 and S10 are extensively covered with a whitish blue pruinescence
  ➤ the lower appendages are curved inwards and have broad tips
FemaleThorax• the thorax is seldom covered by pruinescence
 Abdomen• the abdomen is seldom covered by pruinescence
  ➤ the ovipositor extends beyond S10
Photographs • most of our photos below were made in the south of Italy

Lestes dryas; appendages, male
Note: By contrast, male L. sponsa has straight lower appendages.

Lestes dryas; abdomen, female
Note: By contrast, the ovipositor in L. sponsa does not extend beyond S10.

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Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) ♂

1 / 20; PhotoID: Da183 27/07/2016 14:19 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) ♂

2 / 20; PhotoID: Da184 15/07/2014 12:45 Italy F8 1/90 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) ♂

3 / 20; PhotoID: Da185 10/06/2017 10:14 Spain F10 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) ♀

4 / 20; PhotoID: Da186 27/07/2015 13:17 Italy F8 1/60 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) ⚤

5 / 20; PhotoID: Da187 01/07/2019 11:34 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) ♂

6 / 20; PhotoID: Da188 15/07/2014 12:49 Italy F8 1/90 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) ♂

7 / 20; PhotoID: Da189 10/07/2009 14:52 Italy F5.6 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) ⚤

8 / 20; PhotoID: Da190 01/07/2019 10:42 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) ♂

9 / 20; PhotoID: Da191 27/07/2016 14:52 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) ♂

10 / 20; PhotoID: Da192 21/06/2016 15:28 Sweden F8 1/200 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) ⚤

11 / 20; PhotoID: Da193 04/07/2012 14:37 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) ⚤

12 / 20; PhotoID: Da194 15/07/2013 12:01 Italy F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) ♀

13 / 20; PhotoID: Da205 07/07/2009 11:47 Italy F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) ⚤

14 / 20; PhotoID: Da206 06/07/2013 12:20 Italy F8 1/90 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) ♀

15 / 20; PhotoID: Da207 10/06/2017 10:33 Spain F10 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) ♀

16 / 20; PhotoID: Da208 10/07/2009 14:28 Italy F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) ♀

17 / 20; PhotoID: Da431 11/07/2007 11:40 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) ♂

18 / 20; PhotoID: Da432 04/07/2012 16:28 Italy F10 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) ♀

19 / 20; PhotoID: Da433 10/06/2017 11:43 Spain F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) ♀

20 / 20; PhotoID: Da434 25/07/2008 15:55 Italy F8 1/90 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF