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

Migrant from Northern Europe, possibly the Netherlands where it has increased recently. First observed in July 2002 in Norfolk. Also in the Channel Islands since 1995. Now occurs almost annually, and has been proven (2018) to breed.

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 coloration.
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.