Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Division of Entomology

Great Spreadwing

Archilestes grandis

Rambur, 1842

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The Great Spreadwing is a large, slender damselfly with a bright yellow thoracic stripe and blue eyes. It is much larger than the other spreadwing species. The last two abdominal segments tend to be pruinose (whitish). The female is robust, with colors similar to the male.

It is a transcontinental species with Nebraska at the northernlimit of the range. It is found along smallsluggish streams and around small ponds, where it is usually conspicuouslyperched and active.

Great Spreadwing
Great Spreadwing male
Great Spreadwing map

Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
Yellow indicates sight record only.


Size: 50-62mm (2.0-2.4 in)

Habitat: temporary or permanent pools and slow streams

Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, SD, NM, CO, WY, MO, IA

Flight season: August to October



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