Swamp Spreadwing Lestes vigilax Hagen in Selys, 1862  
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Odonata   >   Family Lestidae   >   Genus Lestes   

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Swamp Spreadwing (Lestes vigilax) is a large, elongate spreadwing, preferring vegetated, wooded wetlands or ponds for habitat, frequently including ones with bushes growing in shallow water. Can also occur in bogs or slow streams. It often forages in shade, which is appropriate, considering its preferred habitat (Paulson, 2011). The species is widespread across Maryland, but apparently uncommon (Richard Orr's Dragonflies and Damselflies of Maryland and the District of Columbia).

There are 143 records in the project database.

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A male Swamp Spreadwing in Washington Co., Maryland (6/29/2013). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Swamp Spreadwing in Washington Co., Maryland (6/30/2013). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Swamp Spreadwing in Frederick Co., Maryland (6/29/2009). Photo by Dave Czaplak. (MBP list)

A female Swamp Spreadwing in Catoctin Mountain Park, Frederick Co., Maryland (8/28/2012). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Swamp Spreadwing in Howard Co., Maryland (8/20/2012). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Swamp Spreadwing in Howard Co., Maryland (8/20/2012). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

Swamp Spreadings in Washington Co., Maryland (8/30/2008). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

A Swamp Spreadwing in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/1/2006). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Swamp Spreadwing in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/8/2007). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

A Swamp Spreadwing in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (6/30/2018). First county record for St. Mary's Co. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)


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