Lestes barbarus (Fabricius, 1798)
Migrant Spreadwing

Type locality: Barbary, North Africa


For the identification of this species, please refer to: Dijkstra, K.-D.B. & R. Lewington, 2006. Field guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe. British Wildlife Publishing. 1-320.

Habitat description

Standing and mostly temporary waters in open landscapes. Usually with emergent and often aquatic vegetation. From 0 to 2000 m above sea level, but mostly below 700.


confirmed: Algeria; Libya; Morocco; Tunisia

Map citation: Clausnitzer, V., K.-D.B. Dijkstra, R. Koch, J.-P. Boudot, W.R.T. Darwall, J. Kipping, B. Samraoui, M.J. Samways, J.P. Simaika & F. Suhling, 2012. Focus on African Freshwaters: hotspots of dragonfly diversity and conservation concern. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 10: 129-134.


  • Fabricius, J.C. (1798). Supplementum entomologiae systematicae. Proft et Storch, Hafniae, 1-572.
  • Pinhey E. (1980). A revision of African Lestidae (Odonata). Occasional Papers of the National Museums & Monuments of Rhodesia. Natural Sciences 6 1-479. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2024-06-17].