Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies
The Sweetflag Spreadwing male is mostly black with pale green shoulder stripes and pale lower legs. The face is pale blue and the eyes are bright blue. Abdominal segments 9 and 10 are pruinose (whitish). The male is nearly indistinguishable from the male Common Spreadwing. Identification of the females is more reliable, since the Sweetflag female's ovipositor is large and extends beyond the end of the abdomen.
Sweetflag Spreadwing female. Photo courtesy of Nate Kohler.
Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
Size: 36-42mm (1.3-1.7 in)
Habitat: ponds, marshy lakes and weedy streams
Great Plains Range: KS, NE, SD, WY, MT, IA
Flight season: late June to late July
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