Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Emerald Spreadwing

Lestes dryas

Kirby, 1890

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The Emerald Spreadwing is a small, early-season species. Both the male and female are a bright, metallic green color.

Rare. Nebraska is on the southern edge of the range of this transcontinental species, with no records south of Nebraska or Iowa. The records of this species are mainly from northwestern counties with scattered records farther east. The few records are all from marsh areas, usually with permanent water and often near rivers or large lakes.

Emerald Spreadwing
Emerald Spreadwing pairs. Photo courtesy of Gordon Warrick.
Emerald Spreadwing map

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

Size: 33-38mm (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 late July

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