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Willow Emerald Damselfly

Lestes viridis


Iridescent green. The pterostigma is pale brown and outlined in black. The thorax has thin yellow antehumerals and broader yellow stripe above a thin black line on each side; the upper edge of the stripe is irregular. Prominent spur-like marking on the side of the thorax. Mature males defend vertical territories in marginal shrubs and small trees where they find and mate with females in the normal damselfly manner forming the wheel position.


Auderghem, park and woods area near Brussels

1 Species ID Suggestions

taka.ita 10 years ago
Willow Emerald Damselfly
Chalcolestes viridis Houtpantserjuffer - Chalcolestes viridis |

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The MnMs
The MnMs 10 years ago

Thanks for the ID correction, taka.ita
And to the others for the nice comments. :-)

HarumKoh 10 years ago

I have Collins insect book, this one is 1st damselfly in the book. beautiful jewel! I noticed one of my photo's Latin name is same weeks ago when I checked common name. so I corrected common name to same as this one, but ours isn't emerald.. haha.. strange.. :-)

The MnMs
The MnMs 10 years ago

Thanks! it looks like a little jewel, just as its name :-)

injica 10 years ago

Really beautiful :)

PieterColpaert 10 years ago

Great shots! I am never able to catch them that clear:)

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Auderghem - Oudergem, Région de Bruxelles-Capitale - Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium

Spotted on Jul 14, 2013
Submitted on Aug 13, 2013

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