Eastern Willow Damselfly by Robert Abraham

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Chalcolestes parvidens, formerly Lestes parvidens, is a damselfly of the family Lestidae. It has a metallic green body and at rest it holds its wings away from its body. Its common name in (American) English is the Eastern Willow Spreadwing.

The genus Chalcolestes is separated from Lestes because of differences in their larvae. C. parvidens is closely related to C. viridis and used to be considered a subspecies of C. viridis, however there are small morphological differences between the two species both as adults and larvae and analysis of proteins from the two species, by electrophoresis, also supports their separation into two species, but they are hard to tell apart in the field.

C. parvidens is found in eastern and central Europe, in Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Syria, Jordan, Israel and Turkey. It is found on islands in the eastern Mediterranean; on Cyprus, Corsica, Crete and Sicily. In Italy and the Balkans both C. parvidens and C. viridis occur together. It is only in the last 20 years that odonaterists have been separating C. parvidens from C. viridis so some of the older records for C. viridis will probably be for C. parvidens.

Skala Kallonis, Lesvos

Canon 7D, 150 mm Sigma Macro lens


  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thank you Ray for the feature

    – Robert Abraham

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallover 2 years ago

    Beautiful Macro Robert.

  • Thank you Steve

    – Robert Abraham

  • Jo Nijenhuis
    Jo Nijenhuisabout 2 years ago

    December 4/2012
    Congratulations Robert with your feature, a wonderful job!
    Enjoy the Permanent Featured Gallery!!!
    Cheers, Jo ;)

  • dilouise
    dilouiseabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful shot of this Damselfly, it looks so delicate and fragile.

  • Alex Call
    Alex Callabout 2 years ago

    simply fantastic

  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortierabout 2 years ago

    Amazing details…what a great capture!

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