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Lestidae

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Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum/Division:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Order:Odonata
Family:Lestidae

Description

While most damselflies rest withtheir wings folded together, many spreadwings (common name) hold them at an angle away from their bodies or even completely open. Their wings are hyaline with narrow stalked bases and an elongated pterostigma. The anal appendages of the males are long and strongly curved when viewed dorsally. They usually perch on vertical stems with their bodies hanging downward. The female may oviposit while in tandem with the male on plant stems above the water surface.

There are some 150 species in eight genera in this family worldwide. Six species occur in Peninsular Malaysia. Three species have been recorded from Singapore, one being nationally extinct.

 
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