Sweetflag Spreadwing - Lestes forcipatus (Rambur, 1842)

Range & Habitat:

Has been recorded at scattered locations throughout the state. Exact distribution uncertain due to confusion with the two races of Common Spreadwing.


Flight Season:
Early Date: 12 May
Late Date: 1 November

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

Male Dorsal - Photo by Jim Bangma
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Identification of males is beyond the scope of this site. Females may be identified in hand by close examination of the ovipositor.

Extremely similar to Common Spreadwing, even under a hand lens.

Conservation Status:
State: S2S3 Rare to imperiled in New Jersey
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range