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Leste vert oriental (Chalcolestes parvidens)

• English name: Eastern Willow Spreadwing
• German name: Östliche Weidenjungfer
• French name: Leste vert oriental
• Dutch name: Oostelijke houtpantserjuffer
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Verdina orientale
• Czech name: N/A
• Slovenian name: Presenetljiva pazverca
• Bulgarian name: Сенчесто кротиче

Leste vert oriental (Chalcolestes parvidens)

Distribution map Chalcolestes parvidens

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


General • a fairly large, metallic green or brown species of South-Eastern Europe
Classification • suborder: Zygoptera (damselflies); family: Lestidae
Scientific name Chalcolestes parvidens (Artobolevskii, 1929)
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
  • females lay their eggs in soft-wooded trees, e.g. willow (Salix sp.), near the water's edge
  (Chalco)lestes species overwinter as eggs (in diapause) rather than as larvae or adults
  • used to be known as Lestes parvidens
Habitat • still or slow-flowing waters with trees or bushes on the banks
Dimensions • typical body length: 44-50 mm; hindwing: 22-26 mm
Both sexesThorax➤ the side of the thorax has a metallic green or brown 'spur'
 Abdomen• there is no pruinescence on the abdomen
 Wings• the large pterostigma is light brown
MaleAbdomen➤ the tip and sides of the upper appendages are often (extensively) white, with only the very tip black
FemaleAbdomen➤ the ovipositor bears 6-8 large teeth
Photographs • most of our photos below were made in Tuscany

Line DrawingLineDrawing: Chalcolestes viridis and C. parvidens: the male's appendages in dorsal view.

Chalcolestes viridis (left) and C. parvidens (right); appendages, male
Note the black sides of the appendages in C. viridis and the very small inner subapical tooth in C. parvidens.

Chalcolestes viridis (left) and C. parvidens (right); ovipositor, female
Note the larger number of teeth on the ovipositor in C. viridis (10-14) than in C. parvidens (6-8).
Drawings © by H. von Hagen. Reproduced here with the author's permission.

Chalcolestes viridis (left) and C. parvidens (right)
Male appendages in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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