Where to See Northern Emerald

Latin NameSomatochlora arctica

Breeds in moorland bogs and pools, often with much Sphagnum.

Adults patrol wet meadows and open areas in pine woods or on moors with scattered trees.


Status & Distribution

Uncommon. Restricted to north-west Scotland and south-west Ireland.

Similar Species

Downy Emerald

  • hairier thorax

Brilliant Emerald

  • brighter metallic coloration



Northern Emerald Management Profile

Species GroupDragonflies