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Small Spreadwing

Observed: 17th July 2012 By: BruceHBruceH’s reputation in InvertebratesBruceH’s reputation in InvertebratesBruceH’s reputation in InvertebratesBruceH’s reputation in Invertebrates
Small Spreadwing
Small Spreadwing
Small Spreadwing
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BruceH's picture

Lestes barbarus

I made the ID primarily as the coloured stripe below the antehumeral stripe is dark, as shown in Dijkstra. However, as the antehumeral stripe is broad and there could well be bi-coloured pterostigma, I am inclned to agree with you.

I have added an edit with 2 more photos which probably don't really help much!

RoyW's picture

Stick with your original ID!

I think that SImon may be getting mixed up with Western Willow Emerald Damselfly, Lestes viridis.

This is a female Small Emerald Damselfly/Small Spreadwing, Lestes virens virens. It is quite common for Lestes species to have pale bands either side of the dark pterostigma - and in some populations of L. virens, mainly in western Iberia, the pterostigma can closely resemble the bi-coloured pterostigma typical of L. barbarus (roughly half dark, half pale).

BruceH's picture

Small Spreadwing

I stick with my original ID! I'm getting better with IDs but still find some very small details so hard to detect!

Could you have a look at these IDs? I would welcome your input. All featherlegs which seem to be very common down here this year.

www.ispot.org.uk/node/279255
www.ispot.org.uk/node/274498
www.ispot.org.uk/node/273996

Many thanks indeed.

Bruce

RoyW's picture

Small details - and Featherlegs.

One of the problems is that even when you know which small details you need to be looking at to confirm an ID, individual variation sometimes still leaves the ID ambiguous!

I've agreed with all your Featherleg IDs, although I wouldn't like to say that the ID of the female was beyond doubt.