Great Spreadwing Archilestes grandis (Rambur, 1842)  
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Odonata   >   Family Lestidae   >   Genus Archilestes   

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Great Spreadwing (Archilestes grandis) is the largest species of damselfly in North America by total mass. This robust species prefers slow, wooded streams (Paulson, 2011) or sometimes small fishless ponds (B.C., pers. obs.). It occurs through much of Maryland, but is absent from the Eastern Shore (Richard Orr's Dragonflies and Damselflies of Maryland and District of Columbia).

There are 72 records in the project database.

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A Great Spreadwing in Frederick Co., Maryland (9/24/2013). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Great Spreadwing in Howard Co., Maryland (8/21/2017). Photo by Anthony VanSchoor. (MBP list)

A male Great Spreadwing with prey in Montgomery Co., Maryland (9/21/2013). Photo by Steve Scholnick. (MBP list)

A Great Spreadwing in Baltimore Co., Maryland (9/14/2008). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

A Great Spreadwing in Frederick Co., Maryland (9/24/2013). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Great Spreadwing in Prince George's Co., Maryland (10/6/2015). Photo by Barbara Thurlow. (MBP list)

A Great Spreadwing in Frederick Co., Maryland (9/24/2013). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Great Spreadwing at Patuxent River Park, Prince George's Co., Maryland (8/5/2012). Photo by Tom Ostrowski. (MBP list)

A Great Spreadwing in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (7/5/2018). Photo by Tyler Bell. (MBP list)

A Great Spreadwing in Harford Co., Maryland (6/24/2018). Photo by Matt Hafner. (MBP list)

Great Spreadwing in Baltimore City, Maryland (9/4/2006). Photo by Thomas Wilson. (MBP list)

A Great Spreadwing in Montgomery Co., Maryland (8/28/2014). Photo by Steve Scholnick. (MBP list)

A female Great Spreadwing in Baltimore City, Maryland (8/26/2011). Photo by Pauline Horn. (MBP list)

A Great Spreadwing about to be preyed upon by a Green Heron. Certainly a very rare image from Baltimore Co., Maryland (9/13/2012). Photo by Jon Corcoran. (MBP list)


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