Sympecma paedisca (Siberian Winter Damsel)

There are two species of “winter” damselflies in Europe that can survive over winter as adults. This, the so-called Siberian Winter Damsel, is the less widespread of the two and, with a lot of help, we saw it in the Netherlands in 2022. ‘T was quite a thrill.

The easiest distinguishing feature, compared to the Common Winter Damsel (S. fusca), is a small bulge on the outer margin of the central stripe of the upper thorax, about ⅔ way along.