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(Lestes viridis)
Willow Emerald (Lestes viridis) - female

Larger and bulkier than the Common Emerald. Metallic green with no blue pruinescence on the male.The pterostigma is pale brown with a black border.

The male upper appendages are distinctively pale (like the sides of the thorax) with dark tips.

Females oviposit into thin twigs overhanging water leaving track-like scars in the bark.

Unusually found hanging from trees and bushes, sometimes far from water.

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Where To See
Locally in Essex, Suffolk and North Kent but is increasing it's range with sightings in Bedfordshire, Surrey and Sussex.

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