Pygmy Damselfly, Nehalennia speciosa

The pygmy damselfly (Nehalennia speciosa), also known as the sedgling or the sedgeling, is a species of damselfly that can be found in Eurasia. Its range includes Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia, and Sweden, among many other areas. It prefers to reside in permanent swamps and marshes near lakes, ponds, and other water sources.

The pygmy damselfly occurs in scattered and small populations, although some areas hold populations with high numbers. This species is threatened by habitat loss due to natural causes including climate change and water loss due to drainage practices. Other threats include changes in vegetation due to deforestation and agricultural practices. Research is needed about the habitats and population numbers of this species, but suggested conservation efforts include legal protection and species-specific efforts such as reintroduction. The pygmy dragonfly appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Near Threatened.”

Image Caption: Pygmy Damselfly, Nehalennia speciosa. Credit: Andreas Thomas Hein/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)