Where to See
|Scientific Name||Somatochlora arctica|
|Status & Distribution|
Listed as Near Threatened in the British Odonata Red List 2008.
Restricted to north-west Scotland, where its known range has increased since about 1990.
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.
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.