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Leste sauvage (Lestes barbarus)

• Scientific name: Lestes barbarus (Fabricius, 1798)
• English name: Migrant Spreadwing
• German name: Südliche Binsenjungfer
• French name: Leste sauvage
• Dutch name: Zwervende pantserjuffer
• Swedish name: Vandrande smaragdflickslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: Sydlig kobbervandnymfe
• Italian name: Verdina barbara
• Czech name: šídlatka brvnatá
• Slovenian name: Grmiščna zverca
• Bulgarian name: Двупетнисто кротиче
• Typical length: 40-45 mm
• Hindwing: 20-27 mm

Leste sauvage (Lestes barbarus)

Distribution map

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

The Migrant Spreadwing is a fairly large, pale yellow-green-brown damselfly. Like all members of the genus Lestes, it holds its wings spread out when at rest, typically at an angle of about 45 degrees. The Migrant Spreadwing occurs throughout Central and Southern Europe but is largely absent from the British Isles and Scandinavia. Its preferred habitat consists of shallow ponds and lakes which dry out in the course of the summer. One such site, the Lago della Rotonda near the town of Lauria in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata holds a hundreds- if not thousands-strong population. Lestes barbarus' most distinctive features include the almost complete absence of the powdery, light-blue pruinescence which is so typical of all other European Spreadwing species (there's usually just a little bit at the wing base, on top of S10, and underneath S9 and S10), and its two-coloured pterostigma (dark brown on the inside; creamy white on the outside).

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the male's abdomen and head, and the female's front wing in dorsal view.

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