Friday, 20 July 2007

Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa)

Adult Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa) at Geddington, Northants - July 2011

OTHER NAMES: Common Spreadwing
Length: 33mm
Wingspan: ?
UK Status: Not Evaluated / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

Although, to me at least the name suggests this species would be green all over, this is misleading, infact, it merely has a green patch on its back. It is apparently a weaker flyer than other common damselfly species, and doesn't move far. Generally quite delicate, it isn't as noticable as some other common species either.

Related Species:
Family: Lestidae
Genus: Lestes 
SUBSPECIES:  None - monotypic

Further Notes: RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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