Family: Lestidae

Spread-winged Damselflies

These photos supplement pages 67-73 of the Guide to Aquatic Invertebrates of the Upper Midwest. Information on the biology of Lestidae can be found on page 71. The gills on Lestidae can often be missing, so use the other characters and general body shape for identification. The main difference between Lestidae and Coenagrionidae is the width of the labium. Lestidae have a narrow labium (below). Coenagrionidae have a wide labium; click to compare with Coenagrionidae.

Lestidae

Lestidae labium Lestidae dorsal

Odonata

CalopterygidaeCalopterygidae
Broad-Winged Damselflies

CoenagrionidaeCoenagrionidae
Narrow-Winged Damselflies


LestidaeLestidae
Spread-Winged Damselflies
 

AeshnidaeAeshnidae
Darner Dragonflies


CordulegastridaeCordulegastridae
Spike-Tail Dragonflies
 

GomphidaeGomphidae
Club-Tail Dragonflies
 

LibellulidaeLibellulidae
Skimmer Dragonflies