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Unknown spreadwing damselfly (male)

Lestes sp.


I discovered a new <species of damselfly for Huntley Meadows Park>. This individual is either a Southern Spreadwing damselfly (Lestes australis) or Sweetflag Spreadwing damselfly (Lestes forcipatus). According to Ed Lam, author and illustrator of Damselflies of the Northeast, this individual “… is a male. Male Southern and Sweetflag <cannot be separated in the field>.” During Spring 2015, I hope to catch-and-release one or more of these damselflies in order to examine the specimens in-hand, under magnification to confirm the specific identity of my discovery.


Huntley Meadows Park, a 1,425 acre wetland area in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This specimen was spotted near a vernal pool in the forest. Related Resource:


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Virginia, USA

Spotted on May 23, 2014
Submitted on Feb 22, 2015

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