Great Spreadwing - Archilestes grandis (Rambur, 1842)

This is a species of concern. Please report any encounters to Odonata Central.

Range & Habitat:

First recorded in New Jersey in 1967, it has extended its range from the southwest and is now reported from New England.  It occurs throughout north Jersey and has been recorded in Cumberland County as well.


Flight Season:
Early Date: 4 July
Late Date: 12 October

Flight season charts created from records in the official database maintained by Allen Barlow.

Male Dorsal - Photo by Jim Bangma
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One of our largest damselflies, it is readily recognized by its spreadwing posture, size and the bold yellow stripe on the side of the thorax.


Conservation Status:
State: S3 Rare in New Jersey
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range