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Dark Spreadwing (Lestes macrostigma)

[ Show Info• Scientific name: Lestes macrostigma (Eversmann, 1836)
• 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
• Typical length: 39-48 mm
• Hindwing: 24-27 mm
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Map data based on J.-P. Boudot & V. J. Kalkman (eds.), Atlas of the European Dragonflies and Damselflies
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The Dark Spreadwing is a fairly large, dark-bodied 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. Lestes macrostigma populations occur in small, scattered pockets throughout Central and Southern Europe and are typically associated with Sea Club-Rush (Bolboschoenus maritimus) in stagnant, shallow and often brackish water. Our first and only site for this species to date is on Sardinia's West coast. The species' most distinctive features include the extensive powdery-blue pruinescence which covers S1, S2 and S8-S10 of males and females alike, and the large black pterostigma.

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

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