New York Natural Heritage Program
Lyre-tipped Spreadwing
Lestes unguiculatus Hagen, 1861
Stephen Diehl and Vici Zaremba
Family: Spreadwings (Lestidae)

State Protection: Not Listed
The species is not listed or protected by New York State.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S2S3
A State Rarity Rank of S2S3 means: Imperiled or Vulnerable in New York - Very vulnerable to disappearing from New York, or vulnerable to becoming imperiled in New York, due to rarity or other factors; typically 6 to 80 populations or locations in New York, few individuals, restricted range, few remaining acres (or miles of stream), and/or recent and widespread declines. More information is needed to assign a single conservation status.

Global Rarity Rank: G5
A Global Rarity Rank of G5 means: Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

Did you know?
The Lyre-tipped Spreadwing is so named because the paraprocts (terminal appendages) on the tip of the abdomen on males are divergent and form a lyre (the stringed instrument) shape.

State Ranking Justification [-]
In New York, Lestes unguiculatus was known from 26 counties (Donnelly 1999) across New York prior to the beginning of the New York Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey (NYDDS, 2005-2009). It was documented in 9 locations within four counties in this region of the state during the NYDDS (White et al. 2010). The species appears to be sporadic or episodic in its occurrence in the state and presence can vary greatly from year to year across sites. But with this consideration, the species records over a five year period (2005-2009) compared with previous records appears to be declining.

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