Largely Green

Choose the species which most closely fits your specimen. The different species of emerald damselflies are very similar.

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Emerald Damselfly

Common and widespread

females: rounded mark on S1 (pictured)

males: Anal appendages all dark. Inner anal appendages are straight.

Wingspots pale in immature adults and dark in mature adults

Southern Emerald Damselfly

Rare, largely in south-east

Bi-coloured wing spots

Male: pale outer anal appendages with dark tip. Inner appendages are out-curved.

Scarce Emerald Damselfly

Rare, south-east

female: square marks on S1

male: All dark anal appendages. Inner anal appendages are incurved.

 

Willow Emerald Damselfly

Rare, largely in south-east

Male: Outer anal appendages pale with a dark tip. Inner appendages are very short.

Mature adults with pale wing spots.