Lestes rectangularis

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Lestes rectangularis
Slender Spreadwing (Lestes rectangularis) (14643952429).jpg

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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Family: Lestidae
Genus: Lestes
L. rectangularis
Binomial name
Lestes rectangularis
Say, 1839

Lestes rectangularis is a species of damselfly in the family Lestidae, the spreadwings. It is known by the common name slender spreadwing.[1] It is native to eastern North America, including eastern Canada and the United States.[1]

This damselfly is long and thin. The body is black with a pale blue face, and the wings have yellow edges. The female is larger, with paler yellow on the wings. This species lives along springs and drying ponds.[2]


  1. ^ a b NatureServe. 2015. Lestes rectangularis. NatureServe Explorer. Version 7.1. Accessed January 29, 2016.
  2. ^ Slender Spreadwing. Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies. University of Nebraska State Museum.