Lestes viridis

Willow Emerald Damselfly

Latin Name: 

Chalcolestes viridis

Taxon Version Key: 

NHMSYS0021009068

Group: 

Damselflies

Family: 

Lestidae - Emerald damselflies

Length: Male: 42-47mm; Female: 39-44mm

Habitat: 

Usually near ponds, canals or other still water with overhanging trees. Willow Emerald Damselfly has a characteristic habit of spending much time up in the trees. The eggs are laid into the bark of willow or alder.

Status & Distribution: 

Recent colonist. A very few twentieth century records, but recorded in numbers from southeast Suffolk during 2009, with outlying sites in southeast Norfolk and north Essex. In 2010 again present in these areas, with additional records from south Essex and north Kent.

Similar species: 

Other members of the Lestes genus are quite similar but L. sponsa is by far the most likely to be found in the UK; note that tenerals of all Lestes species have pale pterostigmas.

Identification Notes: 

  • This damselfly is metallic green, with no blue pruinescence on the male
  • Usually near ponds, canals or other still water with overhanging trees.
  • The eggs are laid into the bark of willow or alder.

 

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