Southern Spreadwing

Place name abbreviations: MPEA - Middle Patuxent Environment Area; PRSP - Patuxent River State Park; PVSP - Patapsco River Valley State Park; WMA - Wildlife Management Area.

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Species common name
Scientific name
Length (in inches; M and F if different) Flight season
Relative abundance
Habitat.


Southern Spreadwing
Lestes australis
M: 1.4–1.8" F: 1.5–1.7" 12 Apr — 31 Oct
Common
Habitat: Sand-bottomed lakes; temporary/semi-permanent ponds. Permanent waters w/ abundant emergent vegetation; marshy/boggy ponds, swamps, slow streams. Most active around 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Adults perch on emergent vegetation in wetlands or nearby grassy fields, making short slow flights.
Southern Spreadwing (M)

Male
June 23, 2003
Schooley Mill Park
June Tveekrem

Southern Spreadwing (M)

Male
May 25, 1998
Manor Woods E.S.
Bob Solem

Southern Spreadwing (M appendages)

Male (appendages - dorsal)
June 24, 2003
Schooley Mill Park
June Tveekrem

Southern Spreadwing (M appendages)

Male (appendages - lateral)
June 24, 2003
Schoolem Mill Park
June Tveekrem

Southern Spreadwing (F)

Female
April 30, 1997
Gateway Business Park
Bob Solem

Southern Spreadwing (F)

Female
May 25, 1998
Manor Woods E.S.
Bob Solem

Southern Spreadwing (F ovipositor lateral)

Female ovipositor (lateral)
August 1, 2012
Meadowbrook Park
Bonnie Ott

Southern Spreadwing (F ovipositor lateral)

Habitat
June 8, 2013
Mission Road
Nancy Magnusson

Southern Spreadwing (M and F ovipositing)

Male and Female (ovipositing)
April 27, 2006
Schooley Mill Park
June Tveekrem

Southern Spreadwing (M, top;F, bottom)

Male (top) and Female (bottom)
April 30, 1997
Gateway Business Park
Bob Solem