Monday, 23 September 2013

Lestes praemorsus

Until recently I had 18 species of Lestes spreadwings seen around the world. Then Lestes viridis was changed into Chalcolestes viridian and I had only 17. And then the lucky day came that I found a little pond with grassy verges on the border of Ba Be National Park and so two male Lestes that could quite straightforward be identified as Lestes praemorsus, based on the distinctive appendages. It is a very nice Lestes, even if sometimes I do not get overly enthusiastic about some members of the genus.

Lestes praemorsus, male

Distinctive appendages in lateral view taken through microscope

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