Description

Large emerald Damselfly with two-toned pterostigma (wing spots).

Male: Metallic green-bronze with pale anal appendages.

Female: Metallic green-bronze.

 

 

 

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Latin NameLestes barbarus
Habitat

Still, shallow, waters; will tolerate brackish conditions. Seems to favour dune slacks and other coastal sites in our area, though has occurred inland.

Status & Distribution

First recorded in Britain in 2002, since when it has colonised a few sites in the south and east of England.

Similar Species

May be confused with other Emerald species.

Southern Emerald Damselfly can be distinguish by its:

  • Two-toned pterostigma (wing spots).
  • Broad pale antehumeral stripes on the back of the thorax.
  • No blue colouration.
Species GroupDamselflies
Identification Notes
  • Length: 40-45mm
  • Metallic green-bronze.
  • Two-toned pterostigma (wing spots).
  • Broad pale antehumeral stripes on the back of thw thorax.
  • Male: pale anal appendages and segment 10.
  • Female: pale ovipositor.
Flight PeriodSouthern Emerald Damselfly
Larval Information

Very similar to Scarce Emerald Damselfly larvae but a rarer migratory species. Seek expert help for identification.