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Leste à grands ptérostigmas (Lestes macrostigma)

• English name: Dark Spreadwing
• German name: Dunkle Binsenjungfer
• French name: Leste à grands ptérostigmas
• Dutch name: Grote pantserjuffer
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Verdina delle saline
• Czech name: šídlatka velkoskvrnná
• Slovenian name: Južna zverca
• Bulgarian name: Дългопетнисто кротиче

Leste à grands ptérostigmas (Lestes macrostigma)

Distribution map Lestes macrostigma

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


General • a large species, typically associated with shallow brackish water, with scattered populations in Central and Southern Europe
Classification • suborder: Zygoptera (damselflies); family: Lestidae
Scientific name Lestes macrostigma (Eversmann, 1836)
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
  • can reproduce in water with high salinity
  (Chalco)lestes species overwinter as eggs (in diapause) rather than as larvae or adults
Habitat • shallow, often brackish water e.g. in coastal areas; often with Sea Club Rush (Bolboschoenus maritimus); often the only damselfly/dragonfly species in this habitat
Dimensions • typical body length: 39-48 mm; hindwing: 24-27 mm
Both sexesThorax• the (lower part of the) thorax is covered by an extensive, whitish pruinescence but in immature animals the thorax is dark blue, without pruinescence
 Abdomen• S1, S2 and S8-10 are covered by an extensive, whitish pruinescence, while S3-S7 have some pruinescence on the lower edge; in immature animals the abdomen is dark blue, without pruinescence
 Wings➤ the pterostigma is black and very large
 Legs• the legs are all black
Photographs • our photos below were made on the west coast of Sardinia and in the south of Spain

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the female's wings in dorsal view and the female's ovipositor in lateral view.

Dark Spreadwing (Lestes macrostigma)
Female wings in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

Dark Spreadwing (Lestes macrostigma)
Female ovipositor in lateral view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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