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


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 265 records in the project database.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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