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Gemeine Binsenjungfer (Lestes sponsa)

• English name: Common Spreadwing
• German name: Gemeine Binsenjungfer
• French name: Leste fiancé
• Dutch name: Gewone pantserjuffer
• Swedish name: Pudrad smaragdflickslända
• Norwegian name: Vanlig metallvannymfe
• Finnish name: Sirokeijukorento
• Danish name: Almindelig kobbervandnymfe
• Italian name: Verdina boreale
• Czech name: šídlatka páskovaná
• Slovenian name: Obvodna zverca
• Bulgarian name: Северно кротиче

Gemeine Binsenjungfer (Lestes sponsa)

Distribution map Lestes sponsa

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


General • a fairly large but slender, metallic green or brown species of Central and Northern Europe
Classification • suborder: Zygoptera (damselflies); family: Lestidae
Scientific name Lestes sponsa (Hansemann, 1823)
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 larger and more robust L. dryas
Habitat • permanent water bodies with a rich vegetation
Dimensions • typical body length: 35-39 mm; hindwing: 17-24 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 fairly slender compared to the similar L. dryas
 Wings• the pterostigma is dark
 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, S2, S9 and S10 are extensively covered with a whitish blue pruinescence
  ➤ the lower appendages are straight and have narrow tips
FemaleThorax• the thorax is seldom covered by pruinescence (except in androchrome females)
 Abdomen• the abdomen is seldom covered by pruinescence (except in androchrome females)
  ➤ the ovipositor does not extend beyond S10
Photographs • most of our photos below were made in Finland in 2010, 2012 and 2017

Lestes sponsa; appendages, male
Note: By contrast, male L. dryas has inwardly-curved lower appendages.

Lestes sponsa; abdomen, female
Note: By contrast, the ovipositor in L. dryas does extend beyond S10.

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Gemeine Binsenjungfer (Lestes sponsa) ⚤

1 / 20; PhotoID: Da404 07/07/2006 13:17 Netherlands F5.6 1/1000 180mm ISO400 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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2 / 20; PhotoID: Da405 20/07/2017 09:42 Finland F8 1/160 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Gemeine Binsenjungfer (Lestes sponsa) ♂

3 / 20; PhotoID: Da421 26/07/2012 14:12 Finland F8 1/160 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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4 / 20; PhotoID: Da422 25/08/2015 15:09 Germany F8 1/250 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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5 / 20; PhotoID: Da429 16/07/2010 09:55 Finland F5.6 1/50 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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6 / 20; PhotoID: Da426 16/07/2010 10:03 Finland F5.6 1/500 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Gemeine Binsenjungfer (Lestes sponsa) ♀

7 / 20; PhotoID: Da427 18/07/2010 09:45 Finland F8 1/200 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Gemeine Binsenjungfer (Lestes sponsa) ♂

8 / 20; PhotoID: Da428 30/07/2012 12:50 Finland F8 1/40 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Gemeine Binsenjungfer (Lestes sponsa) ♂

9 / 20; PhotoID: Da425 20/07/2017 09:55 Finland F8 1/160 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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10 / 20; PhotoID: Da430 20/07/2010 16:34 Finland F8 1/40 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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11 / 20; PhotoID: Da402 20/07/2017 10:23 Finland F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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12 / 20; PhotoID: Da403 21/07/2010 16:05 Finland F8 1/60 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Gemeine Binsenjungfer (Lestes sponsa) ♂

13 / 20; PhotoID: Da406 26/07/2010 11:44 Finland F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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14 / 20; PhotoID: Da407 06/08/2007 11:43 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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15 / 20; PhotoID: Da408 26/07/2010 11:49 Finland F8 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Gemeine Binsenjungfer (Lestes sponsa) ♂

16 / 20; PhotoID: Da409 25/07/2017 10:27 Finland F8 1/80 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Gemeine Binsenjungfer (Lestes sponsa) ♂

17 / 20; PhotoID: Da410 27/08/2015 18:09 Germany F8 1/100 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Gemeine Binsenjungfer (Lestes sponsa) ♂

18 / 20; PhotoID: Da411 24/08/2009 10:44 Germany F8 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Gemeine Binsenjungfer (Lestes sponsa) ♂

19 / 20; PhotoID: Da412 25/07/2017 11:04 Finland F8 1/160 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Gemeine Binsenjungfer (Lestes sponsa) ♀

20 / 20; PhotoID: Da413 30/07/2012 16:14 Finland F8 1/40 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF