Sweetflag Spreadwing Lestes forcipatus Rambur, 1842S3 (Watch list)  
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Odonata   >   Family Lestidae   >   Genus Lestes   

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Sweetflag Spreadwing (Lestes forcipatus) is widespread but uncommon in Maryland (Richard Orr-Odonata website). Like related species, it breeds in ponds and lakes, including boggy habitats. This species is part of a complex of several very similar spreadwings, which also includes Northern Spreadwing (Lestes disjunctus) and Southern Spreadwing (Lestes forcipatus). Care should be taken to separate from the others, preferably in the hand (Paulson, 2001)(Lam, 2004). This species is ranked as an S3 (watch list) in Maryland.

There are 52 records in the project database.

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A male Sweetflag Spreadwing in Howard Co., Maryland (6/24/2013). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A male Sweetflag Spreadwing in Howard Co., Maryland (6/24/2013). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A male Sweetflag Spreadwing in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/15/2008). Sweetflag Spreadwing is on the Maryland state watch list (S3). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

A Sweetflag Spreadwing in Frederick Co., Maryland (7/22/2018). Photo by Jim Moore. (MBP list)

Sweetflag Spreadwings in tandem in Howard Co., Maryland (6/24/2013). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A female Sweetflag Spreadwing in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/23/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A female Sweetflag Spreadwing in Sussex Co., New Jersey (8/25/2007). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)


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