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Southern Emerald Damselfly

This rare vagrant (Lestes barbarus) was first recorded in the UK at Winterton Dunes in 2002. It was seen again in 2003, at Winterton and in Kent. It does breed in the Netherlands, and may be on its way to colonising the UK. It should be looked for in July and August.

Identification

Look for the bi-coloured pterostigma - like the blue-tailed damselfly, this species has a black and white pterostigma. This, coupled with the emerald's charecteristic habit of holding the wings well out from the body when at rest (unlike all other damselflies, which fold their wings above the body), will identify this rarety.

If you see this species, try and get photos if possible, take copious field notes and submit your records to the county recorder.

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