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Scarce Emerald Damselfly Lestes dryas

This Norfolk rarity was once thought to be extinct in the country but in the 1980s it was rediscovered in Breckland. It is a damselfly that prefers to stick close to the margins of well vegetated ponds, and is rarely seen flying over open water. It belongs to the group of damselflies known elsewhere in Europe as the spreadwings, which refers to the fact that when at rest they keep their wings half-spread.

Conservation status

This species is classed as Vulnerable in the Odonata Red Data List for Britain.

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Did you know? The scarce emerald damselfly was thought to be extinct in Britain until it was rediscovered in 1983.
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