Where to See White-legged Damselfly

Latin NamePlatycnemis pennipes

Mainly found along slow-flowing lowland streams and rivers, sometimes on canals or ponds.

Status & Distribution

Not found in Scotland, or north of the Humber in England; has a south-westerly distribution in Wales. Overall the species has increased in occupancy since 1970; however, it also appears to have been lost from some of its historic strongholds in England.

Similar Species

May be confused with other blue and black species of Damselfly.

White-legged Damselfly can be distinguished by itd:

  • Pale colouration.
  • Fine black markings.
  • Pale pterostigma (wing spots).
Species GroupDamselflies