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šídlatka tmavá (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

šídlatka tmavá (Lestes dryas)

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
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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šídlatka tmavá (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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2 / 20; PhotoID: Da184 15/07/2014 12:45 Italy F8 1/90 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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3 / 20; PhotoID: Da185 10/06/2017 10:14 Spain F10 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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4 / 20; PhotoID: Da186 27/07/2015 13:17 Italy F8 1/60 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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5 / 20; PhotoID: Da187 25/07/2008 12:03 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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6 / 20; PhotoID: Da188 15/07/2014 12:49 Italy F8 1/90 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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7 / 20; PhotoID: Da189 10/07/2009 14:52 Italy F5.6 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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8 / 20; PhotoID: Da190 25/07/2008 13:27 Italy F5.6 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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9 / 20; PhotoID: Da191 27/07/2016 14:52 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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10 / 20; PhotoID: Da192 21/06/2016 15:28 Sweden F8 1/200 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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11 / 20; PhotoID: Da193 04/07/2012 14:37 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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12 / 20; PhotoID: Da194 15/07/2013 12:01 Italy F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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13 / 20; PhotoID: Da205 07/07/2009 11:47 Italy F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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14 / 20; PhotoID: Da206 06/07/2013 12:20 Italy F8 1/90 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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15 / 20; PhotoID: Da207 10/06/2017 10:33 Spain F10 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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16 / 20; PhotoID: Da208 10/07/2009 14:28 Italy F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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17 / 20; PhotoID: Da431 11/07/2007 11:40 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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18 / 20; PhotoID: Da432 04/07/2012 16:28 Italy F10 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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19 / 20; PhotoID: Da433 10/06/2017 11:43 Spain F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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20 / 20; PhotoID: Da434 25/07/2008 15:55 Italy F8 1/90 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF