Spotted Spreadwing Lestes congener Hagen, 1861S3 (Watch list)    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Odonata   >   Family Lestidae   >   Genus Lestes   


Spotted Spreadwing (Lestes congener) is uncommon, but widespread in Maryland, and is on the watch list (S3). It breeds in ponds or lakes with emergent vegetation. The two spots on each side of its thorax are rather distinctive, if they can be seen. Similar species in this genus have one spot (Paulson, 2011).

There are 85 records in the project database.

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Spotted Spreadwings in wheel position in Howard Co., Maryland (9/26/2013). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Spotted Spreadwing in Larimer Co., Colorado (7/10/2011). Spotted Spreadwing is on the watch list (S3) for Maryland. Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

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