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Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica)

• English name: Brilliant Emerald
• German name: Glänzende Smaragdlibelle
• French name: Cordulie métallique
• Dutch name: Metaalglanslibel
• Swedish name: Metalltrollslända
• Norwegian name: Vanlig metalløyenstikker
• Finnish name: Välkekorento
• Danish name: Glinsende smaragdlibel
• Italian name: Smeralda metallica
• Czech name: lesklice zelenavá
• Slovenian name: Kovinski lesketnik
• Bulgarian name: Планинска зеленка

Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica)

Not present
Present before 1990
Present after 1990

Present before and after 1990
Present after 2015

Distribution map Somatochlora metallica

Map data based on J.-P. Boudot & V. J. Kalkman (eds.),
Atlas of the European Dragonflies and Damselflies


General • a fairly large, metallic-green species which occurs in central, northern and eastern Europe; rare in the British Isles; absent from the south
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Corduliidae
Conservation status • IUCN Red List Europe: Least Concern
Scientific name Somatochlora metallica (Vander Linden, 1825)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • very similar to Somatochlora meridionalis but the two species rarely co-occur
  • cordulids are 'fliers': they spend a lot of time on the wing and seldom hang up for a rest
Habitat • ponds, lakes and slow-flowing rivers and streams
Dimensions • typical body length: 50-55 mm; hindwing: 37-44 mm
Both sexesHead• the eyes are green (brown in immature animals)
 Thorax➤ the thorax is metallic green with bronze-brown reflections but without a yellow spot on the side
 Abdomen• the abdomen is fairly uniformly metallic green
  • the abdomen is not very club-shaped
 Wings➤ the wings do not have orange patches at the base
FemaleAbdomen➤ the abdomen bears a long vulvar scale
Photographs • all of our photos below were made in Finland

Cordulia aenea (left), Somatochlora metallica (centre) and S. meridionalis (right); vulvar scale
Note: In S. metallica the vulvar scale is very long and sits perpendicular to the abdomen.

Somatochlora metallica (left) and S. meridionalis (right); thorax
Note: In S. metallica the thorax does not bear a yellow spot.

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Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) ♂

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Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) ♂

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Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) ♂

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Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) ♀

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Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) ♀

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Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) ♀

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Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) ♀

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Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) ♀

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Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) ♂

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Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) ♀

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Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) ♀

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Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) ♀

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Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) ♂

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Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) ⚤

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Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) ♀

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Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) ♀

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Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) ♂

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