Southern Spreadwing Lestes australis Walker, 1952    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Odonata   >   Family Lestidae   >   Genus Lestes   

Status:

Lestes australis is widespread in the Piedmont and coastal plain regions of Maryland, but appears to be absent from western Maryland. It breeds in ponds and lakes. This species is part of a complex of several very similar spreadwing species, which also includes Northern Spreadwing (Lestes disjunctus) and Sweetflag Spreadwing (Lestes forcipatus). Care should be taken to separate from the others, preferably in the hand (Paulson, 2001)(Lam, 2004).

There are 282 records in the project database.

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A male Southern Spreadwing in Frederick Co., Maryland (8/5/2013). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A male Southern Spreadwing in Wicomico Co., Maryland (7/5/2008). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Southern Spreadwings in Dorchester Co., Maryland (5/11/2015). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Southern Spreadwing in Kent Co., Maryland (5/31/2021). (c) pcowartrickmanphoto, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Pamela Cowart-Rickman. (MBP list)

Southern Spreadwing in Calvert Co., Maryland (7/27/2021). (c) jasoneavery, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Jason Avery. (MBP list)

A Southern Spreadwing in Kent Co., Maryland (5/2/2016). Photo by Mike Hudson. (MBP list)

Southern Spreadwing in Kent Co., Maryland (5/31/2021). (c) pcowartrickmanphoto, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Pamela Cowart-Rickman. (MBP list)

Southern Spreadwing in Kent Co., Maryland (5/31/2021). (c) pcowartrickmanphoto, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Pamela Cowart-Rickman. (MBP list)

Southern Spreadwing in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/9/2021). (c) Sergei Drovetski, all rights reserved. Photo by Sergei Drovetski. (MBP list)

A Southern Spreadwing in Howard Co., Maryland (5/16/2020). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

Southern Spreadwing in Calvert Co., Maryland (4/20/2021). (c) jasoneavery, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Jason Avery. (MBP list)

Southern Spreadwing in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/15/2021). (c) Sergei Drovetski, all rights reserved. Photo by Sergei Drovetski. (MBP list)

A Southern Spreadwing at Andelot Farm, Kent Co., Maryland (6/7/2014). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Southern Spreadwing in Calvert Co., Maryland (9/19/2021). (c) Jason Avery, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Jason Avery. (MBP list)

Southern Spreadwing in Baltimore Co., Maryland (4/24/2021). (c) Frode Jacobsen, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Frode Jacobsen via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Southern Spreadwing in Prince George's Co., Maryland (4/24/2021). (c) Sergei Drovetski, all rights reserved. Photo by Sergei Drovetski. (MBP list)

Southern Spreadwing in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/9/2021). (c) Sergei Drovetski, all rights reserved. Photo by Sergei Drovetski. (MBP list)

Southern Spreadwing in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/9/2021). (c) Sergei Drovetski, all rights reserved. Photo by Sergei Drovetski. (MBP list)

Southern Spreadwing in Calvert Co., Maryland (9/6/2021). (c) jasoneavery, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Jason Avery. (MBP list)

Southern Spreadwings in Montgomery Co., Maryland (5/20/2016). Photo by Lisa Shannon. (MBP list)

Southern Spreadwing in Calvert Co., Maryland (9/19/2021). (c) Jason Avery, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Jason Avery. (MBP list)

Southern Spreadwing in Calvert Co., Maryland (9/6/2021). (c) jasoneavery, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Jason Avery. (MBP list)

Southern Spreadwing in Kent Co., Maryland (5/31/2021). (c) pcowartrickmanphoto, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Pamela Cowart-Rickman. (MBP list)


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