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Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica)

• Scientific name: Somatochlora metallica (Vander Linden, 1825)
• 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
• Typical length: 50-55 mm
• Hindwing: 37-44 mm

Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica)

Distribution map

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

The Brilliant Emerald is probably the commonest Emerald in Europe. Its range stretches from Northern Scandinavia down to France and Northern Italy. Unfortunately it doesn't reach Central Italy, and so we've only come across this species on our travels. Somatochlora metallica is a medium-sized dragonfly and - in terms of its behaviour - a typical Emerald species; it's a tireless flier and will hardly ever settle down for a rest. Having said that, during field trips to Finland in 2011 and 2013 we did actually get quite a few photo opportunities. The species' distinguishing features include its entirely metallic-green body and the female's exceedingly long vulvar scale, which sits at a 90-degree angle to the abdomen.

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