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

Habitat [-]
Lyre-tipped Spreadwings are known to inhabit small ponds and marshy wetlands, often in open, temporary situations that dry up in mid-summer (Lam 2004, Paulson 2011).

Associated Ecological Communities [-]
  • Eutrophic pond*
    The aquatic community of a small, shallow, nutrient-rich pond. The water is usually green with algae, and the bottom is mucky. Eutrophic ponds are too shallow to remain stratified throughout the summer; they are winter-stratified, monomictic ponds.

    * probable association but not confirmed
  • Pine barrens vernal pond
    A seasonally fluctuating pond and its associated wetlands that typically occurs in pine barrens. The water is intermittent, usually a pond in the spring but sometimes losing water through the summer to become a mostly vegetated wetland at the end of the summer. These ponds and wetlands may be small.
  • Shallow emergent marsh*
    A marsh meadow community that occurs on soils that are permanently saturated and seasonally flooded. This marsh is better drained than a deep emergent marsh; water depths may range from 6 in to 3.3 ft (15 cm to 1 m) during flood stages, but the water level usually drops by mid to late summer and the soil is exposed during an average year.

    * probable association but not confirmed
  • Vernal pool
    An aquatic community of one or more intermittently ponded, small, shallow depressions typically within an upland forest. Vernal pools are typically flooded in spring or after a heavy rainfall, but are usually dry during summer. Substrate is typically dense leaf litter over hydric soils. Vernal pools typically occupy a confined basin (i.e., a standing waterbody without a flowing outlet), but may have an intermittent stream flowing out of it during high water. This community includes a diverse group of invertebrates and amphibians that depend upon temporary pools as breeding habitat. These include amphibians, reptiles, crustaceans, mollusks, annelids, and insects.

Associated Species [-]
  • Canada Darner (Aeshna canadensis)
  • Shadow Darner (Aeshna umbrosa)
  • Marsh Bluet (Enallagma ebrium)
  • Common Spreadwing (Lestes disjunctus)
  • Emerald Spreadwing (Lestes dryas)
  • Amber-Winged Spreadwing (Lestes eurinus)
  • Sweetflag Spreadwing (Lestes forcipatus)
  • Slender Spreadwing (Lestes rectangularis)
  • Frosted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia frigida)
  • Sedge Sprite (Nehalennia irene)
  • Ski-Tailed Emerald (Somatochlora elongata)
  • White-Faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)
  • Band-Winged Meadowhawk (Sympetrum semicinctum)