Lestes ictericus Gerstäcker, 1869
Tawny Spreadwing

Type locality: Mombasa, Kenya


Males of this species are near L. pallidus by (a) thorax is uniformly pale to dark, marked black or dark markings irregular with at most slight bronze green; (b) tips of cerci are pointing towards eachother, like pair of pliers or forceps (dorsal view); (c) paraprocts are blunt, without apical process. However differs by (1) inner border of cerci are smooth, without a basal tooth; (2) paraprocts are rounded rather than triangular, and very short. [Adapted from Dijkstra & Clausnitzer 2014]

Habitat description

Standing and mostly temporary waters in open landscapes. Usually with emergent and often aquatic vegetation. From 0 to 1200 m above sea level, but possibly up to 2200.


confirmed: Benin; Côte d'Ivoire; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Gambia; Kenya; Malawi; Mali; Mozambique; Republic of South Africa; Senegal; South Sudan; Sudan; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe; NOT confirmed: Cameroon; Nigeria; Tanzania

© JV

Appendages (dorsal view)

Appendages (lateral view)

Map citation: Clausnitzer, V., K.-D.B. Dijkstra, R. Koch, J.-P. Boudot, W.R.T. Darwall, J. Kipping, B. Samraoui, M.J. Samways, J.P. Simaika & F. Suhling, 2012. Focus on African Freshwaters: hotspots of dragonfly diversity and conservation concern. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 10: 129-134.

Barcode specimen(s):

Female; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.

Male; Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga, © Dijkstra, K.-D.B.


  • Gerstäcker, A. (1869). Archiv Naturgeschichte 35, 201-223.
  • Pinhey , E. (1980). A revision of African Lestidae (Odonata). Occasional Papers of the National Museums & Monuments of Rhodesia. Natural Sciences, 6, 1-479. [PDF file]
  • Ris, F. (1921). The Odonata or Dragonflies of South Africa. Annals South African Museum, XVIII, 245-452. [PDF file]

Citation: Dijkstra, K.-D.B (editor). African Dragonflies and Damselflies Online. http://addo.adu.org.za/ [2024-07-23].