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Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
The Great Spreadwing (Archilestes grandis) is the largest North American damselfly. It occurs across most of the U.S. where it can be found perching on vegetation along the sides of streams. The first photo here was a digital capture in Travis Co., Texas in April 2003 and was shot with a Canon EOS 10D and EF 300 mm F4 L IS lens with a 1.4 X extender and 550 EX flash. The bottom two photos were also shot in Travis Co., Texas with the same equipment, but in August 2003.
The next two shots shown here were taken in the Davis Mountains, Jeff Davis Co., Texas, in June, 2005. The first image is of a male and the next shot shows a pair in tandem. Both these images were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender.
The male Great Spreadwing shown here was in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in September, 2007. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender.
The female Great Spreadwing shown here was at Big Bend Ranch State Park, Presidio Co., Texas, in September, 2009. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and an EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash.
The next two shots of a male Great Spreadwing were taken in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in October, 2009, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and an EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash.

Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
male
Bear Creek,
Huachuca Mountains,
Cochise Co., Arizona
26 August 2013


31.3827
-110.3630

Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
male
Last Chance Canyon,
near Sitting Bull Falls,
Lincoln National Forest,
Eddy Co., New Mexico
2 September 2013


32.2584
-104.7119

Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
male
Camino La Bascula,
near El Tuito, Jalisco,
Mexico
10 April 2014


20.3774
-105.1886

Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
male
Camino La Bascula,
near El Tuito, Jalisco,
Mexico
10 April 2014


20.3774
-105.1886

Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
male
Camino La Bascula,
near El Tuito, Jalisco,
Mexico
10 April 2014


20.3774
-105.1886

Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
male
Camino La Bascula,
near El Tuito, Jalisco,
Mexico
10 April 2014


20.3774
-105.1886

Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
male
Camino La Bascula,
near El Tuito, Jalisco,
Mexico
10 April 2014


20.3774
-105.1886

Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
female
Mike Murphy Ranch,
ca 7 miles W of Bee Cave,
Travis Co., Texas
20 October 2014
Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
female
Mike Murphy Ranch,
ca 7 miles W of Bee Cave,
Travis Co., Texas
20 October 2014
Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
female
Cattail Falls trail,
Big Bend National Park,
Brewster Co., Texas
4 May 2015
Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
male
Big Bend Ranch State Park,
Presidio Co., Texas
24 May 2015
Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
male
Murphy Ranch,
near Bee Cave,
Travis Co., Texas
2 June 2015
Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
male
Murphy Ranch,
near Bee Cave,
Travis Co., Texas
2 June 2015
Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
male
Roger Hanks Park,
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
17 June 2015
Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
pair in tandem
Roger Hanks Park,
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
17 June 2015
Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
male
Mike Murphy Ranch,
Travis Co., Texas
14 July 2015
Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
male
Mike Murphy Ranch,
ca 7 mi W of Bee Cave,
Travis Co., Texas
9 September 2015
Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
female
Mike Murphy Ranch,
ca 7 mi W of Bee Cave,
Travis Co., Texas
9 September 2015
Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
male
7 mi W of Bee Cave,
Travis Co., Texas
3 June 2016
Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
pair in tandem
7 mi W of Bee Cave,
Travis Co., Texas
3 June 2016
Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
pair in tandem
7 mi W of Bee Cave,
Travis Co., Texas
3 June 2016
Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
male
Dripping Springs Ranch Park,
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
7 June 2016
Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
female
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
2 September 2016
Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
female
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
1 November 2016
Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
male
Mike Murphy Ranch,
ca 7 mi W of Bee Cave,
Travis Co., Texas
17 April 2017
Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
female
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
24 May 2017
Great Spreadwing
Archilestes grandis
male
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
25 June 2017