Winter Damselfly

Sympecma fusca

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Length: 38mm

The Winter Damselfly is related to the Emeralds but is dull coloured and easily overlooked. The body colour is pale brown with darker markings on the upper surface.


On the continent, it breeds in small, still pools and may be found in brackish waters.

Status & Distribution

In December 2008 a confirmed specimen was found in Tonna, near Neath, South Wales. This is the first British mainland record although the species has been recorded from the Channel Islands. Unlike almost all other European species, it overwinters as an adult.

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Similar species

Could possibly be confused with immature female damselflies of other species.