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Somatochlora arctica

• English name: Northern Emerald
• German name: Arktische Smaragdlibelle
• French name: Cordulie arctique
• Dutch name: Hoogveenglanslibel
• Swedish name: Mindre glanstrollslända
• Norwegian name: Myr-metalløyenstikker
• Finnish name: Hoikkakiiltokorento
• Danish name: Arktisk smaragdlibel
• Italian name: Smeralda artica
• Czech name: lesklice severská
• Slovenian name: Barjanski lesketnik
• Bulgarian name: Арктична зеленка

Somatochlora arctica

Distribution map Somatochlora arctica

Map data based on J.-P. Boudot & V. J. Kalkman (eds.),
Atlas of the European Dragonflies and Damselflies


General • a very dark, metallic-green species of the far North and North-East; also occurs at altitude in Central Europe
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Corduliidae
Scientific name Somatochlora arctica (Zetterstedt, 1840)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes ➤ noticeably smaller, darker and more slender than Somatochlora metallica
  • cordulids are 'fliers': they spend a lot of time on the wing and seldom hang up for a rest
Habitat • small bog pools and puddles
Dimensions • typical body length: 45-51 mm; hindwing: 28-35 mm
Both sexesHead• the eyes are green (brown in immature animals)
 Abdomen• the segment border between S2 and S3 bears a narrow yellow(ish) ring
  • S4-S10 are uniformly black (or very dark green)
MaleAbdomen➤ the upper appendages are caliper-shaped
FemaleAbdomen➤ S3 bears two large yellow patches
  • compated to S. alpestris and S. sahlbergi the abdomen is long and slender
Photographs • nearly all of our photos below were made in Northern Italy and Northern Finland

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the male's appendages in dorsal view.

Northern Emerald (Somatochlora arctica)
Male appendages in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr943 14/07/2017 13:31 Finland F8 1/500 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr944 15/07/2017 14:26 Finland F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr945 15/07/2017 15:06 Finland F8 1/200 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr946 16/07/2017 17:25 Finland F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr947 13/08/2016 14:17 Austria F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr948 22/08/2015 14:48 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr949 13/08/2012 14:21 Italy F8 1/200 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr950 22/08/2015 14:53 Italy F8 1/640 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr951 16/07/2017 17:30 Finland F8 1/500 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr952 19/08/2008 14:06 Italy F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr953 13/08/2016 15:49 Austria F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr954 21/08/2015 15:37 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr955 17/07/2017 11:00 Finland F8 1/400 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1620 17/07/2017 11:16 Finland F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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15 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1621 17/07/2017 11:39 Finland F8 1/1000 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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16 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1622 17/07/2017 13:07 Finland F8 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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17 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1623 21/08/2015 15:27 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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18 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1624 21/08/2015 15:29 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1625 17/07/2017 13:11 Finland F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1626 17/07/2017 13:15 Finland F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF