Taxonomy

Somatochlora arctica | Northern Emerald | Smaragaid an Mhóintigh

Distribution

Status

Native status

Native

Species Biology

Identification

Length: 50mm

Very dark green to black body

Bright green eyes

The male has a narrow waist and distinctive calliper-shaped anal appendages

Yellow spots on side of face

Mature females resemble the males although the abdomen is not waisted

Behaviour:

When landing the Emeralds hang from vegetation rather than perching on it.  Only flies in sunshine

Habitat

Shallow bog pools

Flight period

June to July

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Irish distribution

Restricted to Kerry and West Cork.

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2019

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