Description

Dark metallic Dragonfly.

Male: obviously waisted abdomen.

Female: broader abdomen that’s more parallel sided.

 

 

 

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Latin NameSomatochlora arctica
Habitat

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

 

Management

Northern Emerald Management Profile

Species GroupDragonflies
Identification Notes
  • Length: 50mm
  • Bright green eyes.
  • Metallic bronze-green abdomen.
  • Male: waisted abdomen with calliper-like appendages at the end.
  • Female: broader abdomen and a short vulvar scale.
Flight PeriodNorthern Emerald
Larval Information

Emerald Dragonfly larvae have a squat spider-like body-shape similar to Chaser, Skimmers and Darters, but significantly longer back legs.

Smallest Emerald Dragonfly larvae: 17-20 mm.

Very hairy.