Spreadwings (Lestidae)
Members of this family are commonly referred to as Spreadwings because of the way that adults tend to hold their wings. Most of them also have greenish metallic bodies, hence their alternative name of Emerald Damselflies. There are about 80 species worldwide, of which seven occur in Europe.
Four species have been recorded in Britain.
  • Common Spreadwing: widespread and fairly common
  • Robust Spreadwing: found around the Thames estuary, and in East Anglia
  • Migrant Spreadwing: a recent colonist
  • Western Willow Spreadwing: a recent colonist, rapidly spreading in SE England