Sympecma fusca (Common Winter Damsel/Winter Damselfly)

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.

Id Notes

  • two-tone brown thorax
  • long brown pterostigma
  • abdominal segments topped by brown markings, s3-6 resembling bombs

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