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Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens)

• English name: Small Spreadwing
• German name: Kleine Binsenjungfer
• French name: Leste verdoyant
• Dutch name: Tengere pantserjuffer
• Swedish name: Mindre smaragdflickslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: Hentokeijukorento
• Danish name: Lille kobbervandnymfe
• Italian name: Verdina minore
• Czech name: šídlatka zelená
• Slovenian name: Loška zverca
• Bulgarian name: Малко кротиче

Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens)

Distribution map Lestes virens

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


General • a small and slender, metallic green or brown species of Central and Southern Europe
Classification • suborder: Zygoptera (damselflies); family: Lestidae
Scientific name Lestes virens (Charpentier, 1825)
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 • shallow still waters, wetlands and bogs
Dimensions • typical body length: 30-39 mm; hindwing: 19-23 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 usually narrow
 Abdomen• the upper part of the abdomen is metallic green or brown; the lower part is beige/yellow
 Wings➤ the pterostigma is dark reddish brown with a fine white line laterally
 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 (S8, ) S9 and S10
Photographs • most of our photos below were made in Tuscany and show the subspecies C. v. vestalis
  • the photos we made in Spain show the subspecies C. v. virens

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Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) ♂

1 / 20; PhotoID: Da001 20/09/2016 14:49 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) ♀

2 / 20; PhotoID: Da010 18/10/2014 16:12 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) ⚤

3 / 20; PhotoID: Da011 10/10/2012 14:14 Italy F8 1/100 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) ♂

4 / 20; PhotoID: Da023 23/09/2014 10:42 Spain F8 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) ♀

5 / 20; PhotoID: Da024 21/10/2014 13:33 Italy F9.5 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) ♀

6 / 20; PhotoID: Da025 18/10/2014 15:51 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) ♂

7 / 20; PhotoID: Da026 30/09/2014 16:48 Italy F8 1/60 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) ♀

8 / 20; PhotoID: Da031 20/09/2015 09:07 Italy F8 1/100 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) ♂

9 / 20; PhotoID: Da032 23/09/2014 10:48 Spain F8 1/180 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) ♂

10 / 20; PhotoID: Da033 20/09/2016 15:00 Italy F8 1/50 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) ♂

11 / 20; PhotoID: Da034 23/09/2014 12:22 Spain F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) ♂

12 / 20; PhotoID: Da047 28/09/2012 13:19 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) ♀

13 / 20; PhotoID: Da209 20/09/2015 09:52 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) ⚤

14 / 20; PhotoID: Da210 28/09/2012 12:17 Italy F8 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) ♂

15 / 20; PhotoID: Da229 22/09/2016 14:15 Italy F8 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) ♂

16 / 20; PhotoID: Da234 02/10/2014 15:41 Italy F8 1/45 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) ♀

17 / 20; PhotoID: Da235 07/08/2017 13:14 Germany F8 1/500 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) ♂

18 / 20; PhotoID: Da241 07/08/2017 17:07 Germany F8 1/50 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) ♀

19 / 20; PhotoID: Da242 07/08/2017 13:18 Germany F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) ♂

20 / 20; PhotoID: Da251 20/09/2016 15:18 Italy F8 1/60 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF