Elegant Spreadwing Lestes inaequalis Walsh, 1862    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Odonata   >   Family Lestidae   >   Genus Lestes   


Elegant Spreadwing (Lestes inaequalis) is a large, elongate pond spreadwing, widespread in Maryland, but not considered especially common (Richard Orr-Maryland Odonata website). It breeds primarily in well-vegetated ponds and lakes, but also occasionally frequents slow forest streams. The paraprocts are distinctively longer than the cerci in males of this species (Paulson, 2011).

There are 32 records in the project database.

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An Elegant Spreadwing in western Garrett Co., Maryland (6/9/2007). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list) (More of this species)

Elegant Spreadwing in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/9/2019). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

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