Lyre-tipped Spreadwing Lestes unguiculatus Hagen, 1861Extirpated  
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Odonata   >   Family Lestidae   >   Genus Lestes   

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Lyre-tipped Spreadwing (Lestes unguiculatus) is found mostly in shallow, often ephemeral ponds, and gravel pit ponds. It is currently considered to be extirpated from Maryland. The last known record was in 1978, from Baltimore County. Ed Lam (2004) suggests that the species may be irruptive in the mid-Atlantic region. It might be fruitful to check its preferred habitats from time to time to see if it has recolonized the state.

There are 2 records in the project database.

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A Lyre-tipped Spreadwing in Cherry Co., Nebraska (7/10/2010). Lyre-tipped Spreadwing has only been recorded twice in Maryland. The latest observation was from Baltimore County in May of 1978 and the other record is from Prince George's County in 1914. Photo by Terry Hibbitts. (MBP list)


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