Name: Emerald Damselfly
Scientific name: Lestes sponsa
Nature Stars: 50
About: A medium-sized damselfly, about 6.5cm long. Males are metallic emerald green with pale powder blue eyes, and the tip and the base of the body. Female are metallic green with pale beige stripes on the thorax. Lives amongst lush vegetation around the edge of ponds and lakes, ditches and canals. Emerald Damselflies can be told from the others by their habit of holding their wings half-open, rather than closed along the length of their body. On the wing from the end of June to September.
How to identify: The Scarce Emerald Damselfly is a much rarer animal, only found at a few special places, and best told apart by experts.
Fantastic fact: Also known as the Common Spreadwing
Photograph credit: Rachel Scopes