Where to See Emerald Damselfly

Latin NameLestes sponsa

Still waters with tall waterside vegetation, especially rushes and sedges.


Status & Distribution

Locally common throughout Britain but has been declining since the 1990s, particularly in England.

Similar Species

Can be distinguished from other Emerald species by its:

  • Dark narrow pterostigma (wing spots).
  • Males: Segment 2 all blue. Small, narrow inferior appendages.
  • Females: Isolate metallic spot above middle leg on thorax. Short ovipositor that does not extend past the end of the abdomen.
Species GroupDamselflies