Dragonfly Guide

Lestes pallidus

Rambur 1842

Pallid spreadwing

Pale spreadwing


Males of this species are nearest L. ochraceus in general appearance but structurally nearer L. dissimulans by (a) thorax uniformly pale to dark, marked black, or dark markings irregular with at most slight bronze sheen; (b) inner border of cerci at least with prominent basal tooth; (c) paraprocts blunt, without apical process.

However, differs by (1) Pt more elongate, 1.5-2.0 mm; (2) basal tooth on inner border of cerci sharp; (3) paraprocts not extending beyond its tip, and constricted - creating a distinct apical knob.



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Distribution map. Data from gbif.org

Africa, mainly Sub Sahara. confirmed: Angola; Botswana; Cameroon; Cape Verde; Chad; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Ethiopia; Gambia; Ghana; Kenya; Malawi; Mali; Mauritania; Mozambique; Namibia; Niger; Nigeria; Republic of South Africa; Senegal; Somalia; Sudan; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe; NOT confirmed: Côte d'Ivoire; Lesotho.


Standing and mostly temporary waters in open landscapes. Usually with emergent and often aquatic vegetation. From 0 to 1900 m above sea level, but mostly between 800 and 1500.