The most common Emerald Damselfly.

Male: Metallic green with blue coloration.

Female: Metallic green with pale green/brown coloration.

Where to See

Latin NameLestes sponsa

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


Status & Distribution

Locally common throughout Britain and Ireland.

Similar Species

Other Emerald Damselfly species, such as  Scarce Emerald Damselfly  

Can be distinguished by its:

  • Fully black, narrow pterostigma (wing spots).
  • Males: 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
Identification Notes
  • Length: 38mm
  • Metallic green body.
  • Male: blue coloration on segments 1-2 and 9-10 at the top and bottom of the abdomen.
  • Female: thicker body than the male and no blue coloration.
  • Will rest with wings half spread.
  • The elongated pterostigma (wing spots) is dark brown to black.
Flight PeriodEmerald Damselfly