Pallid Spreadwing. Bleekspanvlerkie.
Family Lestidae Calvert, 1901
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Small sized, inconspicuous, with a very pale striped thorax and light blue eyes.
Key identification features:
- Thorax ranges from sandy brown to greenish, blue to nearly black. Strongly, weakly of parsley striped, but never dark green.
- Clear wings- become yellowish.
- Pterostigmas mostly bicoloured – dark grey with light border, becoming blackish grey with age.
- Upper appendages straight in lateral view and tips pointing towards each other.
- Light brown with striped thorax
- Pterostigmas outer half very pale
Compared with other species:
- Smaller and with a paler thorax as L. plagiatus (Highland Spreadwing) .
- Does not have the speckled look of L. dissimilis, L. tridens (Spotted Spreadwing) or L. uncifer (Sickle Spreadwing) . Lacks the broad black, dorsal abdominal band.
Distribution and habitat:
- Common and widespread across the Northern parts of South Africa up to the Orange River and west and central KZN
- Frequents grassy pans, ponds and rain-pools
- Perches with wings outstretched within few centimetres of the water surfaces.