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Great Spreadwing (female)

Archilestes grandis


Very large damselfly, about 2.5 in long! Has a graphite colored body with yellow and black striped thorax. Distinguishable from males because of the pale, very faint blue color of the eyes (males have a more prominent vibrant blue face and eyes).


Near streams, wetland, and pools. Usually found out West and in the South.


This is an extremely interesting find, because this girl seems to be very much out of place. Not only is she found on the edge of a meadow with no water in sight, but she is also in Central Kentucky, well North and East of her known range. It took me forever to identify her because she's not listed on any of Kentucky's insect identification sites (see the site I posted). What the heck? Climate change, maybe?

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Kentucky, USA

Lat: 37.85, Long: -84.32

Spotted on Sep 9, 2016
Submitted on Sep 15, 2016

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