Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Division of Entomology

Emerald Spreadwing

Lestes dryas

Kirby, 1890

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The Emerald Spreadwing is a small, northern, early-season species. Both the male and female are a bright, metallic green color. It is a rare transcontinental species, and Nebraska is on the southern edge of therange. The scattered records of this species are mainly fromnorthwestern counties.

Emerald Spreadwing
Emerald Spreadwing male
Emerald Spreadwing map

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


Size: 32-40mm (1.3-1.6 in)

Habitat: ponds, often temporary or wooded, with dense vegetation

Great Plains Range: NE, SD, ND, NM, CO, WY, MT, IA, MN

Flight season: early June to July



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