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Lestes eurinus
Amber-winged Spreadwing

Say, 1839
Lestidae, Spreadwing Family
photo of Male amber-winged spreadwing
Male amber-winged spreadwing — Dan Jackson
Status-Global/State:
Global: G4 Wisconsin: S3S4
Distinguishing Characteristics:
One of the largest and most robust spreadwings, the length of this species varies from 1.7 to 2.0 inches. The male's thorax is dark green to bluish above with pale yellow sides and dark diagonal lateral streaks that fade with age. The abdomen is dark green above with a pale gray tip when mature. The wings typically have a distinct amber tint. The colors are obscured by pruinosity as the spreadwings age, especially in males. The female's thorax is bronzy with pale yellow sides and a dark diagonal lateral streak. The abdomen is dark green above and pale yellowish below. The wings may have little amber tint or none at all. Similar to the elegant spreadwing, the amber-winged spreadwing is stockier with less green coloration and dark lateral streak on thorax.
Description of Habitat/Range:
This species is found throughout southeast Canada and the northern half of eastern United States. It prefers ponds and small lakes. In Wisconsin, it is widely, though locally, distributed in appropriate habitats.
Flight Season:
Early June to mid-August in Wisconsin.
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photo of Male amber-winged spreadwing
Male amber-winged spreadwing — Dan Jackson
photo of Male amber-winged spreadwing
Male amber-winged spreadwing — Dan Jackson
photo of Close-up of male amber-winged spreadwing thorax
Close-up of male amber-winged spreadwing thorax — Dan Jackson
photo of Side (top image) and top view of cercus for male amber-winged spreadwing
Side (top image) and top view of cercus for male amber-winged spreadwing — Dan Jackson
photo of Female amber-winged spreadwing
Female amber-winged spreadwing — Dan Jackson
photo of Female amber-winged spreadwing
Female amber-winged spreadwing — David Hanson
photo of Amber-winged spreadwing ovipositing pair
Amber-winged spreadwing ovipositing pair — Dan Jackson
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