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Vandrande smaragdflickslända (Lestes barbarus)

• 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

Vandrande smaragdflickslända (Lestes barbarus)

Distribution map Lestes barbarus

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


General • a fairly large, pale yellow-green-brown species which occurs throughout Europe except much of the British Isles and the North-East
Classification • suborder: Zygoptera (damselflies); family: Lestidae
Scientific name Lestes barbarus (Fabricius, 1798)
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
Habitat • still, shallow waters and wetlands which dry up in the course of summer
Dimensions • typical body length: 40-45 mm; hindwing: 20-27 mm
Both sexesThorax• the upper part of the thorax is metallic green or brown; the lower part is beige/yellow
  • the antehumeral stripe is pale and wide
 Abdomen• the upper part of the abdomen is metallic green or brown; the lower part is beige/yellow
 Wings➤ the pterostigma is bicoloured: dark brown on the inside; creamy white on the outside
 Legs• the legs are pale with a black longitudinal stripe
MaleThorax• pruinescence is limited to the wing base and the lower part of the thorax
 Abdomen• pruinescence on the abdomen is limited to (S9 and) S10
Photographs • most of our photos below were made in the South of Italy

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

Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus)
Male abdomen in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus)
Male head in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus)
Female front wing in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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2 / 20; PhotoID: Da014 23/09/2011 12:41 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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4 / 20; PhotoID: Da095 30/08/2016 14:03 Italy F11 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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5 / 20; PhotoID: Da096 15/07/2013 10:52 Italy F9.5 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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6 / 20; PhotoID: Da102 15/08/2017 14:33 Italy F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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9 / 20; PhotoID: Da119 30/06/2009 13:12 Italy F5.6 1/80 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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18 / 20; PhotoID: Da437 25/07/2008 15:34 Italy F5.6 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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19 / 20; PhotoID: Da438 06/09/2012 10:54 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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