Lestes plagiatus

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Lestes plagiatus
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Family: Lestidae
Genus: Lestes
Species: L. plagiatus
Binomial name
Lestes plagiatus
(Burmeister, 1839)

Lestes plagiatus is a species of damselfly in the family Lestidae, the spreadwings. It is known commonly as the highlands spreadwing, common spreadwing, and stream spreadwing.[1]

This species is native to much of the southern half of Africa, where it is widespread.[1] It is recorded in Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and possibly Burundi.[2][3][4]

This damselfly lives near pools, swamps, and streams.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Clausnitzer, V., Suhling, F. & Dijkstra, K. 2010. Lestes plagiatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 29 January 2016.
  2. ^ Dijkstra, K-D. B.; Clausnitzer, V. (2014). The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Eastern Africa: Handbook for all Odonata from Sudan to Zimbabwe. Koninklijk Museum voor Midden-Afrika. ISBN 978-94-916-1506-1. 
  3. ^ Tarboton, W. R.; Tarboton, M. (2015). A guide to dragonflies and damselflies of South Africa. Struik Nature Publishing. ISBN 978-1-77584-184-5. 
  4. ^ Samways, Michael J. (2008). Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa. Pensoft Publishers. ISBN 9789546423306. 

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