Lestes viridis (Willow Emerald Damselfly)
The delightful curiosity that lays its eggs in live branches overhanging water. Relatively large, though the males look quite delicate, they have a habit of hanging around in trees a lot. There’s a good population of them at our favourite southern French campsite.
- head, thorax and abdomen metallic green
- large, pale pterostigma
- prominent green sharp, spur-mark pointing forwards on side of thorax
- ♂ – does not develop any pruinosity (cf. other Lestes)
- ♀ – ovipositor dark but with a pale (whitish) lower border
|pair in tandem