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|Latin Name||Somatochlora metallica|
|Status & Distribution|
IUCN categorises the Brilliant Emerald as endangered in the UK.
The Brilliant Emerald is considered to be a nationally rare species.
Only found in a few locations in Scotland and south-east England.
General management principles include maintaining water levels and targeting survey work to map emergence sites. There are also best practice guidelines for managing inhabited sites including sensitive cutting of emergent vegetation, dredging and pruning.
|Management Fact File||/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/somatochlora-metallica.pdf|
Emerald Dragonfly larvae have a squat spider-like body-shape similar to Chaser, Skimmers and Darters, but significantly longer back legs.
Very large dorsal spines on the abdomen.