Lestes virens (Charpentier, 1825)
Small Spreadwing

Type locality: Lusitania [=? Portugal],


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 often temporary waters in open landscapes, but sometimes in open areas in forest. Usually with emergent and often aquatic vegetation. From 0 to 1200 m above sea level, but mostly below 100.


confirmed: Algeria; 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.


  • Charpentier, T. de (1825). Horae Entomologicae. (Neuroptera, Orthoptera, Coleoptera). A. Gosohorsky, Wratislavia, 1-257.

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2024-05-30].