Where to See
|Latin Name||Lestes dryas|
Usually found within the dense vegetation of shallow pools and drainage channels.
On the coastal and estuarine marshes in Kent and Essex populations also use the borrow dykes as well as ditches and marsh pools where they show a tolerance of brackish water.
Breeding sites are well vegetated with submerged and emergent vegetation.
|Status & Distribution|
It is a rare and local species, recognised as vulnerable by the UK statutory conservation agencies.
It is listed under Category 2 (vulnerable) in the British Red Data Book on Insects.
Lestes larvae have a long abdomen and large caudal lamellae.
Distinctive long tennis racket shaped mask.
Caudal lamellae taper to a point.