Swamp Spreadwing Lestes vigilax Hagen in Selys, 1862    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Odonata   >   Family Lestidae   >   Genus Lestes   

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Swamp Spreadwing (Lestes vigilax) is a large, elongate spreadwing, preferring vegetated, wooded wetlands or ponds for habitat, frequently including ones with bushes growing in shallow water. Can also occur in bogs or slow streams. It often forages in shade, which is appropriate, considering its preferred habitat (Paulson, 2011). The species is widespread across Maryland, but apparently uncommon (Richard Orr's Dragonflies and Damselflies of Maryland and the District of Columbia).

There are 172 records in the project database.

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A male Swamp Spreadwing in Washington Co., Maryland (6/29/2013). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Swamp Spreadwing in Washington Co., Maryland (6/15/2019). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Swamp Spreadwing in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/9/2019). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

A Swamp Spreadwing in Washington Co., Maryland (6/30/2013). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Swamp Spreadwing in Frederick Co., Maryland (6/29/2009). Photo by Dave Czaplak. (MBP list)

A female Swamp Spreadwing in Catoctin Mountain Park, Frederick Co., Maryland (8/28/2012). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Swamp Spreadwing in Howard Co., Maryland (8/20/2012). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

Swamp Spreadwing in Allegany Co., Maryland (8/24/2012). (c) Rick Cheicante, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Rick Cheicante. (MBP list)

A Swamp Spreadwing in Howard Co., Maryland (8/20/2012). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

Swamp Spreadings in Washington Co., Maryland (8/30/2008). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

Swamp Spreadwing in Allegany Co., Maryland (6/23/2019). (c) Judy Gallagher, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Judy Gallagher. (MBP list)

A Swamp Spreadwing in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/1/2006). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Swamp Spreadwing in Prince George's Co., Maryland (7/24/2021). (c) Nathaniel Schwartz, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND). Photo by Nathaniel Schwartz via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Swamp Spreadwing in Allegany Co., Maryland (7/2/2020). (c) rborchelt, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by rborchelt via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

A Swamp Spreadwing in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/8/2007). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Swamp Spreadwing in Calvert Co., Maryland (9/15/2021). (c) Jason Avery, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Jason Avery. (MBP list)

Swamp Spreadwing in Calvert Co., Maryland (9/15/2021). (c) Jason Avery, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Jason Avery. (MBP list)

Swamp Spreadwing in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/15/2021). (c) tomfeild, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Tom Feild. (MBP list)

Swamp Spreadwing in Calvert Co., Maryland (9/15/2021). (c) Jason Avery, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Jason Avery. (MBP list)

A Swamp Spreadwing in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (6/30/2018). First county record for St. Mary's Co. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Swamp Spreadwing being consumed by a Hanging Thief in Calvert Co., Maryland (7/27/2018). Photo by Jason Avery. (MBP list)


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