New York Natural Heritage Program
Lyre-tipped Spreadwing
Lestes unguiculatus Hagen, 1861

Threats [-]
Any activity which might lead to water contamination or the alteration of natural hydrology could affect Lyre-tipped Spreadwing populations (NYS DEC 2005). Such threats may include roadway and agricultural run-off, industrial pollution, the building of dams, recreational boating, and development near their habitats (NYS DEC 2005). Groundwater withdrawal is a potential threat in lentic habitats, as are invasive plant species replacing native plants required for oviposition (New York Natural Heritage Program 2017). Both emergence rates and/or species ranges may shift for damselflies as a result of climate change in New York (Corser et al. 2015).

Conservation Strategies and Management Practices [-]
Any efforts to reduce roadway and agricultural run-off, eutrophication, development of upland borders and resulting increased groundwater withdrawal, and ditching and filling activities should be considered when managing for this species (NYS DEC 2005).

Research Needs [-]
Further research is needed to define the distribution and population size of the Lyre-tipped Spreadwing. In addition, research is required to understand the habitat requirements and threats to this species, and to create appropriate management guidelines for its persistence in known locations (NYS DEC 2005). Monitoring for this species over time is needed to determine if they are truly in decline.