Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies
The Slender Spreadwing has an exceptionally long, thin abdomen, mostly black body and distinctive yellow edges on the wingtips. The face is pale blue and the lower legs are pale. The male has a long black abdomen with little or no pruinosity on segments 9 and 10. The female is very similar to the female Common Spreadwing, but it is a little larger, the abdomen is a little longer and more slender, and the tips of the wings are dull yellow.
Slender Spreadwing male
Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
Size: 42-53mm (1.5-2.1 in)
Habitat: shady lakes or ponds, temporary or permanent, with dense emergent vegetation
Great Plains Range: OK, KS, NE, CO, IA, MN
Flight season: mid June to late August
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