Lestes sponsa (NL: Gewone pantserjuffer / EN: Emerald Damselfly, Common Spreadwing / DE: Gemeine Binsenjungfer / FR: Leste fiancé) is a damselfly, with a wide Palaearctic distribution. Both males and females have a metallic green colour and when resting its wings are usually half opened. One of the larger damselflies, this species is most common in July and August. It is often found by ponds and lakes, and is very rarely seen along flowing water. All species in the genus Lestes are very similar and are hard to separate in the field. The shapes of the anal appendages are characteristic.
Image: Ravels (BE) – 21/07/2012
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