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female Lestes sponsa
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Family: Lestidae
Genus: Lestes
Leach, 1815[1]

Lestes is a genus of damselfly in the family Lestidae.[2] The family hold their wings at about 45 degrees to the body when resting. This distinguishes them from most other species of damselflies which hold the wings along, and parallel to, the body when at rest.

The name Lestes comes from the Greek word ληστησ meaning predator.[3]


The genus Lestes includes the following species:[4]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Leach, W.E. (1815). "Entomology". In Brewster, D. (ed.). The Edinburgh Encyclopedia. 9 (reprint 1830 ed.). Edinburgh: William Blackburn. pp. 57–172 [137].
  2. ^ "Genus Lestes Leach, 1815". Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study. 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  3. ^ Costantino D’Antonio and Francesca Vegliante. "Derivatio nominis libellularum europæarum" (PDF) (in Italian). Retrieved 3 August 2010.
  4. ^ Martin Schorr; Dennis Paulson. "World Odonata List". University of Puget Sound. Retrieved 12 Oct 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "North American Odonata". University of Puget Sound. 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  6. ^ a b c "Checklist of UK Species". British Dragonfly Society. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Checklist, English common names". DragonflyPix.com. Archived from the original on 4 December 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  8. ^ a b Brian Nelson; Robert Thompson (2004). The Natural History of Ireland's Dragonflies. Ulster Museum. ISBN 978-0-900761-45-4.
  9. ^ a b Jacques d'Aguilar; Jean-Louis Dommanget; René Préchac (1986). Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain, Europe and North Africa. Collins.