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|Lestes sponsa showing characteristic wings half-open pose|
Green metallic body
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. In L. sponsa the anal appendage is black with the superior appendage (which are the ones on the outside) with two internal teeth. The inferior appendage is elongated and cylindrical. In northern Europe five species of Lestes occur whilst in Europe as a whole there are six species, so identification can be problematical and it is best to look at as many features as possible.
L. sponsa is a typical member of the genus with a green metallic body and wings held away from the body at rest. The abdomen is 26-33mm long and the wings are 19-23mm long. Mature males have a powder blue colour on the prothorax and on segments 1–2 and 9–10 of the abdomen. Mature males have blue eyes. Females lacks the blue colour. Immature males also lack the blue pruinescence and have greeny brown eyes. The pterostigmata of immature males are almost white
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Ciao John, my today neighbour, great macro of beautiful damselfly, excellent clarity, fine details snd wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
- [2015-05-04 15:29]
Salut John,couleurs et exposition excellentes mais les details ne sont pas le top.Pas mal,l'espece est rare et ton post est vraiment interessant.Belle journee' et merci,Luciano
- [2015-05-05 0:56]
nice capture damselfly,regards..
- [2015-05-05 7:19]
The Damselfly on the picture is a large red damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula).