Lestes amicus Martin, 1910
Yellow-winged Spreadwing

Type locality: Mozambique, no locality data available.


Shares straight broad metallic green bands on mesepisternum and mesepimeron with L. virgatus, but wings yellowish with distinct brownish tips, cerci with narrow but deep cleft posterior to basal tooth followed by finely or scantily toothed expansion, and Pt longer (2.0-3.0 mm).

Habitat description

Standing and mostly temporary waters in open landscapes or shaded by forest. Usually with emergent and often aquatic vegetation. From 400 to 2100 m above sea level, but mostly between 800 and 1700.


confirmed: Angola; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Malawi; Mozambique; Tanzania; Zambia; Zimbabwe; NOT confirmed: Botswana; Kenya; Republic of South Africa; Uganda

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

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.

Barcode specimen(s):

Adult, female; Angola, Uige Province, new campus site and environs © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Female; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, Kundelungu National Park © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, Kundelungu National Park © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Tanzania, Kigoma Region, Lower Malagarasi Basin © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


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Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2024-04-23].