Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Spreadwing Damselflies

Lestidae Family

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Unlike other damselflies, Spreadwing Damsels hold their wings at least partially flat when at rest. They are fairly large damselflies and are marked with metallic bronze or green. Males have blue eyes and pincer-like terminal abdominal appendages, which may be used to identify them to species. Many of the females are difficult to identify to species.

Great Spreadwing
Great Spreadwing female
Lyre-tipped Spreadwing
Lyre-tipped Spreadwing pair

There are seven Nebraska Spreadwing species. The only member of the Archilestes genus is the Great Spreadwing. The other six Spreadwings are in the Lestes genus.

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