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Spreadwing Damselflies

There are 11 different spreadwing damselflies in Wisconsin. Besides the spreadwings there are another two families of damsels including the broad-winged which has 4 and the pond species that has 34.

Characteristics of Spreadwing Damselflies

Species in the damselfly families are similar to dragonflies but have slimmer bodies and normally hold their wings at the side of their bodies when at rest.

Species in the spreadwing family are mainly a metallic bronze or green and perch with the wings half spread.

Males have blue eyes and terminal abdominal appendages (by end of tail) called claspers which help hold onto females during mating.

Females in this species are a little more difficult to identify because they lack the blue eyes and are dull in color.

11 Spreadwing Damsels of Wisconsin


1.) Amber-winged Spreadwing

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2.) Elegant Spreadwing


3.) Emerald Spreadwing

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4.) Great Spreadwing


5.) Lyre-tipped Spreadwing

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6.) Northern Spreadwing

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7.) Slender Spreadwing

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8.) Spotted Spreadwing

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9.) Southern Spreadwing


10.) Swamp Spreadwing


11.) Sweetflag Spreadwing

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