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Common Spreadwing (Lestes sponsa)

• Scientific name: Lestes sponsa (Hansemann, 1823)
• English name: Common Spreadwing
• German name: Gemeine Binsenjungfer
• French name: Leste fiancé
• Dutch name: Gewone pantserjuffer
• Swedish name: Pudrad smaragdflickslända
• Norwegian name: Vanlig metallvannymfe
• Finnish name: Sirokeijukorento
• Danish name: Almindelig kobbervandnymfe
• Italian name: Verdina boreale
• Czech name: šídlatka páskovaná
• Slovenian name: Obvodna zverca
• Bulgarian name: Северно кротиче
• Typical length: 35-39 mm
• Hindwing: 17-24 mm

Common Spreadwing (Lestes sponsa)

Distribution map

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

The Common Spreadwing is a fairly large but slender, metallic-green damselfly. When at rest, it holds its wings apart, typically at a 45-degree angle, a behaviour it shares with all other Lestes species. It's a very common species throughout much of Northern and Central Europe, but is virtually absent from the Mediterranean. Unlike its look-alike Lestes dryas, Lestes sponsa prefers permanent water bodies, which may help explain its relative abundance in the North and rarity in the more arid regions of the South. Apart from its slender abdomen, its distinctive features include an all-dark pterostigma, the female's ovipositor which doesn't extend beyond S10, and, in the male, the extensive pruinescence on S1, S2, S9 and S10, and his straight lower appendages.

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