Lestes umbrinus

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Lestes umbrinus
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Family: Lestidae
Genus: Lestes
L. umbrinus
Binomial name
Lestes umbrinus
Sélys, 1891
  • Lestes umbrina Sélys, 1891
  • Orolestes motis Baijal & Agarwal, 1956

Lestes umbrinus[2][1] is a damselfly species in the family Lestidae. It is commonly known as the brown spreadwing.[3][4] It is known from India, Myanmar and China.[1][5]

Laidlaw and Fraser considered that this can be a synonym of L. concinna.[6] M.A. Lieftinck (1934) synonymised these two species and after that these two species were considered synonyms until 1960; he himself restored the status of these as two different species.[7]

Description and habitat[edit]

It is a medium sized damselfly with brown-capped yellowish eyes. Its thorax is dark reddish-brown on dorsum, pale yellowish-brown laterally, without any markings. Wings are transparent with pale brown pterostigma. Its abdomen is reddish-brown, paler on the sides. Female is similar to the male. It can be distinguished from other species of this genus by its uniform coloring and its pterostigma.[6]

It likely to be breed in well vegetated ponds and similar habitats. Commonly found in grasslands, scrub and around water bodies, mostly in dry areas.[6][8][3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Dow, R.A. (2009). "Lestes umbrinus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2009: e.T163634A5627421. Retrieved 2017-03-09.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  2. ^ Martin Schorr; Dennis Paulson. "World Odonata List". University of Puget Sound. Retrieved 12 Oct 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Lestes umbrinus Selys,1891". India Biodiversity Portal. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  4. ^ a b "Lestes umbrinus Selys,1891". Odonata of India, v. 1.00. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  5. ^ K.A., Subramanian; K.G., Emiliyamma; R., Babu; C., Radhakrishnan; S.S., Talmale (2018). Atlas of Odonata (Insecta) of the Western Ghats, India. Zoological Survey of India. pp. 45–46. ISBN 9788181714954.
  6. ^ a b c C FC Lt. Fraser (1933). The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma, Odonata Vol. I. Red Lion Court, Fleet Street, London: Taylor and Francis. pp. 53–55.
  7. ^ Lieftinck, M.A. (1960). "On the identity of some little known southeast Asiatic Odonata in European museums described by E. De. Selys Longchamps, with descriptions of new species". Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Italy. 38: 229–256.
  8. ^ Subramanian, K. A. (2005). Dragonflies and Damselflies of Peninsular India - A Field Guide.

External links[edit]

Data related to Lestes umbrinus at Wikispecies

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