Great Spreadwing

Archilestes grandis

Graet Spreadwing, Archilestes grandis, photo © by Mike Plagens

Observed along Sycamore Creek, Pine Mountain Wilderness, Yavapai Co., Arizona, USA. 19 Sept. 2015.

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As damselflies, spreadwings have a delicate, fluttering flight, but unlike many damselflies spreadwings alight with the wings held open. There is a yellow stripe on each side of the thorax which is a good identifying characteristic. Found near ponds and streams with ample aquatic vegetation. This insect has apperently increased its range northward from its previous range, southern United States all the way South America.

Lestidae -- Spreadwing Damselfly Family

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