Protolestes is a genus of flatwings in the damselfly order Odonata. There are about eight described species in Protolestes.

Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Superfamily: Calopterygoidea
Genus: Protolestes
Förster, 1899

As a result of molecular phylogenetic studies by Bybee et al. in 2021, it is now in its own family, Protolestidae.[1][2]



  1. ^ Seth M. Bybee et al. (2021) Phylogeny and classification of Odonata using targeted genomics. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 160: 1-15
  2. ^ "World Odonata List". Slater Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound. 2018. Retrieved 2019-07-02.