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Great Spreadwing Archilestes grandis
2014-04-04 12:11:39

The great spreadwing (Archilestes grandis) is a species of damselfly that can be found in southern, western, and central areas of North America and in northern areas of South America. It prefers to reside near slow moving streams, ponds, and pools in wetlands with abundant aquatic vegetation as well as woodlands. This species is most often seen between the months of April and December, although...

Western Willow Spreadwing Chalcolestes viridis
2014-04-04 12:03:22

The western willow spreadwing (Chalcolestes viridis), also known as the willow emerald damselfly, is a species of damselfly that can be found in central and southern areas of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Its range includes areas of the Mediterranean, Italy, the islands of Corsica, Sicily, and Ibiza, and Turkey. This species prefers to reside near slow moving or still ponds, lakes,...

Migrant Spreadwing Lestes barbarous
2014-04-04 11:57:49

The migrant spreadwing (Lestes barbarous), also known as the southern emerald damselfly, is a species of damselfly that can be found in Asia, Europe, and North Africa. Its rage includes Barbary in North Africa and the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Greece, India, and Mongolia. It is most often seen near still water that is brackish or stagnant. This species is similar in appearance to other members...

Emerald Spreadwing Lestes dryas
2014-04-04 11:52:50

The emerald spreadwing (Lestes dryas), known as the Turlough spreadwing in Ireland and the scarce emerald damselfly in Britain due to its rarity, is a species of damselfly that can be found in many areas of Asia, Europe, and North America. It prefers to reside near still waters in ditches, lakes, ponds, and bogs. This species is known to tolerate extreme conditions that other damselflies and...

Spotted Spreadwing Lestes congener
2014-01-20 14:52:54

The spotted spreadwing (Lestes congener) is a species of damselfly that can be found in in North America, in a range that includes Canada and the United States. It prefers to reside near temporary and permanent ponds or flooded riverbanks, as well as slow moving swamps and marshes. This species can be seen between the months of July and September. The spotted spreadwing differs in size...

Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa
2013-08-14 12:03:12

The emerald damselfly (Lestes sponsa), also known as the common spreadwing, is a species of damselfly that can be found in Europe and Asia, in a large range that extends from France to the Pacific Ocean. It prefers to reside near slow moving moors, pools, and ponds. It is the only common species from its genus, Lestes, in Great Britain and is thought to occur in areas of North Africa. The...

Sweetflag Spreadwing Lestes forcipatus
2013-08-13 10:45:44

The sweetflag spreadwing (Lestes forcipatus) is a species of damselfly that can be found in North America. Its range includes areas of Canada, including Nova Scotia and Ontario, and many areas of the Unites States including Colorado, Delaware, Indiana, Maine, Montana, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Washington. This species can be found near permanent and temporary ponds, marshes, streams, and lakes...

Scalloped Spreadwing Platylestes praemorsus
2013-08-13 10:41:12

The scalloped spreadwing (Platylestes praemorsus) is a species of damselfly that can be found in Asia, with a range that includes China, Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand, among other areas. It prefers to reside in lowland swamps and near drains. Both males and females of this species have a bent abdomen, Males are powder blue in color while females are dull blue in color and both have bluish...

Wandering Glider Pantala flavescens
2013-07-24 12:28:15

The wandering glider (Pantala flavescens), also known as the globe skimmer, is a species of dragonfly that can be found in a large range that includes Easter Island and Europe, although it is rare here, but it typically occurs in tropical and subtropical areas as well as cooler areas like Northern Canada, depending upon the season. This species has been recorded flying at heights of 20,341 feet...

Scarce Chaser Libellula fulva
2013-07-23 12:23:37

The scarce chaser (Libellula fulva) is a species of dragonfly that can be found across Europe. It prefers to reside in marshes and floodplains with abundant vegetation. This species reaches an average body length of up to 1.7 inches with a wingspan of up to 2.9 inches. Adult males are bright blue in color with black markings occurring along the abdomen, while adult females and young individuals...

Word of the Day
megalophonous
  • Having a loud voice; vociferous; clamorous.
  • Of grand or imposing sound.
The word 'megalophonous' comes from Greek roots meaning 'big' and 'sound'.