Apparently this is one of the Lestidae but not a green Lestes. We spotted our first one of these, the male below, at La Brenne in France, 2011, and initially thought we were looking at a female something because of the rather dull brown colouration. Then I noticed male appendages and knew we had something new. We seemed to see many more in 2012.
“Dainty and drab”, says the book. I disagree, about the drab, anyway. Look at the way the colour shines in light.
- two-tone brown thorax
- long brown pterostigma
- abdominal segments topped by brown markings, s3-6 resembling bombs