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Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus)

• English name: Migrant Spreadwing
• German name: Südliche Binsenjungfer
• French name: Leste sauvage
• Dutch name: Zwervende pantserjuffer
• Swedish name: Vandrande smaragdflickslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: Sydlig kobbervandnymfe
• Italian name: Verdina barbara
• Czech name: šídlatka brvnatá
• Slovenian name: Grmiščna zverca
• Bulgarian name: Двупетнисто кротиче

Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus)

Not present
Present before 1990
Present after 1990

Present before and after 1990
Present after 2015

Distribution map Lestes barbarus

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


General • a fairly large, pale yellow-green-brown species which occurs throughout Europe except much of the British Isles and the north-east
Classification • suborder: Zygoptera (damselflies); family: Lestidae
Conservation status • IUCN Red List Europe: Least Concern
Scientific name Lestes barbarus (Fabricius, 1798)
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
Habitat • still, shallow waters and wetlands which dry up in the course of summer
Dimensions • typical body length: 40-45 mm; hindwing: 20-27 mm
Both sexesThorax• the upper part of the thorax is metallic green or brown; the lower part is beige/yellow
  • the antehumeral stripe is pale and wide
 Abdomen• the upper part of the abdomen is metallic green or brown; the lower part is beige/yellow
 Wings➤ the pterostigma is bicoloured: dark brown on the inside; creamy white on the outside
 Legs• the legs are pale with a black longitudinal stripe
MaleThorax• pruinescence is limited to the wing base and the lower part of the thorax
 Abdomen• pruinescence on the abdomen is limited to (S9 and) S10
Photographs • most of our photos below were made in the south of Italy

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the male's abdomen and head, and the female's front wing in dorsal view.

Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus)
Male abdomen in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus)
Male head in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus)
Female front wing in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) ♀

1 / 20; PhotoID: Da009 27/07/2015 14:29 Italy F8 1/40 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) ♂

2 / 20; PhotoID: Da014 23/09/2011 12:41 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) ♀

3 / 20; PhotoID: Da037 14/07/2014 14:00 Italy F8 1/20 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) ♂

4 / 20; PhotoID: Da095 30/08/2016 14:03 Italy F11 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) ♀

5 / 20; PhotoID: Da096 15/07/2013 10:52 Italy F9.5 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) ⚤

6 / 20; PhotoID: Da102 15/08/2017 14:33 Italy F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) ♂

7 / 20; PhotoID: Da112 12/08/2015 11:00 Italy F8 1/100 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) ♂

8 / 20; PhotoID: Da113 12/09/2018 11:52 Italy F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) ♀

9 / 20; PhotoID: Da119 30/06/2009 13:12 Italy F5.6 1/80 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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10 / 20; PhotoID: Da211 27/08/2014 12:42 Italy F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) ♀

11 / 20; PhotoID: Da212 15/07/2013 14:10 Italy F8 1/45 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) ♂

12 / 20; PhotoID: Da221 07/08/2010 11:06 Italy F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) ♂

13 / 20; PhotoID: Da233 07/08/2010 11:17 Italy F8 1/160 180mm ISO100 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) ♂

14 / 20; PhotoID: Da252 12/08/2015 11:50 Italy F8 1/100 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) ♂

15 / 20; PhotoID: Da272 20/09/2015 09:20 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) ♂

16 / 20; PhotoID: Da435 10/09/2015 15:38 Italy F10 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) ♀

17 / 20; PhotoID: Da436 27/08/2014 11:35 Italy F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) ♀

18 / 20; PhotoID: Da437 25/07/2008 15:34 Italy F5.6 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) ♂

19 / 20; PhotoID: Da438 06/09/2012 10:54 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) ♂

20 / 20; PhotoID: Da439 07/08/2010 15:20 Italy F8 1/80 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF