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Sedgling (Nehalennia speciosa)

• Scientific name: Nehalennia speciosa (Charpentier, 1840)
• English name: Sedgling
• German name: Zwerglibelle
• French name: Déesse précieuse
• Dutch name: Dwergjuffer
• Swedish name: Dvärgflickslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: Kääpiötytönkorento
• Danish name: Dværg-vandnymfe
• Italian name: Codazzurra pigmea
• Czech name: šidélko lesklé
• Slovenian name: Kresnična palčica
• Bulgarian name: N/A
• Typical length: 24-26 mm
• Hindwing: 11-16 mm

Sedgling (Nehalennia speciosa)

Distribution map

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

The Sedgling is one of Europe's smallest and rarest damselfly species. Apart from a few scattered sites in Germany (where we made our photographs of the species), it tends to occur only in North-Eastern Europe. Nehalennia speciosa is a truly tiny, slender and delicate-looking species. Its main characteristic features (apart from its diminutive size) include the absence of postocular spots which instead are replaced by a curved light-blue line, and its typically creamy-white pterostigma. Its thorax and abdomen are a metallic green dorsally while the lower sides are typically a powdery light blue (or, in mature females, a rusty brown).

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