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Brilliant Emerald, Somatochlora metallica

The brilliant emerald (Somatochlora metallica) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in northern areas of Eurasia. Its range includes Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Serbia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, among many other areas. This species prefers to reside near still and slow-moving water sources like rivers, canals, ponds, and moorland lakes. It is common in most areas of its range, but its total population number and population trend is unknown. It is threatened by habitat loss due to increasing agricultural and industrial practices, as well as water pollution caused by these threats. Habitat preservation is recommended for the species. The brilliant emerald appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: A just hatched male of the Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) in the Ahlenmoor, a peatland in northern Lower Saxony, Germany. Credit: Loz/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Brilliant Emerald Somatochlora metallica