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Eastern Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes parvidens)

• English name: Eastern Willow Spreadwing
• German name: Östliche Weidenjungfer
• French name: Leste vert oriental
• Dutch name: Oostelijke houtpantserjuffer
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Verdina orientale
• Czech name: N/A
• Slovenian name: Presenetljiva pazverca
• Bulgarian name: Сенчесто кротиче

Eastern Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes parvidens)

Not present
Present before 1990
Present after 1990

Present before and after 1990
Present after 2015

Distribution map Chalcolestes parvidens

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


General • a fairly large, metallic green or brown species of south-eastern Europe
Classification • suborder: Zygoptera (damselflies); family: Lestidae
Conservation status • IUCN Red List Europe: Least Concern
Scientific name Chalcolestes parvidens (Artobolevskii, 1929)
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
  • females lay their eggs in soft-wooded trees, e.g. willow (Salix sp.), near the water's edge
  (Chalco)lestes species overwinter as eggs (in diapause) rather than as larvae or adults
  • used to be known as Lestes parvidens
Habitat • still or slow-flowing waters with trees or bushes on the banks
Dimensions • typical body length: 44-50 mm; hindwing: 22-26 mm
Both sexesThorax➤ the side of the thorax has a metallic green or brown 'spur'
 Abdomen• there is no pruinescence on the abdomen
 Wings• the large pterostigma is light brown
MaleAbdomen➤ the tip and sides of the upper appendages are often (extensively) white, with only the very tip black
FemaleAbdomen➤ the ovipositor bears 6-8 large teeth
Photographs • most of our photos below were made in Tuscany

Line DrawingLineDrawing: Chalcolestes viridis and C. parvidens: the male's appendages in dorsal view.

Chalcolestes viridis (left) and C. parvidens (right); appendages, male
Note the black sides of the appendages in C. viridis and the very small inner subapical tooth in C. parvidens.

Chalcolestes viridis (left) and C. parvidens (right); ovipositor, female
Note the larger number of teeth on the ovipositor in C. viridis (10-14) than in C. parvidens (6-8).
Drawings © by H. von Hagen. Reproduced here with the author's permission.

Chalcolestes viridis (left) and C. parvidens (right)
Male appendages in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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Eastern Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes parvidens) ♂

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Eastern Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes parvidens) ♀

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Eastern Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes parvidens) ♀

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Eastern Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes parvidens) ♂

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Eastern Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes parvidens) ♂

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Eastern Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes parvidens) ♀

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Eastern Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes parvidens) ♂

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Eastern Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes parvidens) ♂

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Eastern Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes parvidens) ⚤

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Eastern Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes parvidens) ♂

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Eastern Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes parvidens) ♀

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Eastern Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes parvidens) ♂

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Eastern Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes parvidens) ♀

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Eastern Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes parvidens) ♀

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Eastern Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes parvidens) ♂

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Eastern Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes parvidens) ♀

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