Lestes sponsa – Common Spreadwing

Lestes sponsa (Common Spreadwing) is as common as its vernacular name indicates: it can be found all over the Palaearctic and is common in most of its range.
Many fresh imagos are partly orange, but only for a short period. Typical (gynochrome) females are browner than males and lack the male’s blue eyes and pruinescence but some females have male colouration and are called androchrome.