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Metalltrollslända (Somatochlora metallica)

• English name: Brilliant Emerald
• German name: Glänzende Smaragdlibelle
• French name: Cordulie métallique
• Dutch name: Metaalglanslibel
• Swedish name: Metalltrollslända
• Norwegian name: Vanlig metalløyenstikker
• Finnish name: Välkekorento
• Danish name: Glinsende smaragdlibel
• Italian name: Smeralda metallica
• Czech name: lesklice zelenavá
• Slovenian name: Kovinski lesketnik
• Bulgarian name: Планинска зеленка

Metalltrollslända (Somatochlora metallica)

Distribution map Somatochlora metallica

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


General • a fairly large, metallic-green species which occurs in Central, Northern and Eastern Europe; rare in the British Isles; absent from the South
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Corduliidae
Scientific name Somatochlora metallica (Vander Linden, 1825)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • very similar to Somatochlora meridionalis but the two species rarely co-occur
  • cordulids are 'fliers': they spend a lot of time on the wing and seldom hang up for a rest
Habitat • ponds, lakes and slow-flowing rivers and streams
Dimensions • typical body length: 50-55 mm; hindwing: 37-44 mm
Both sexesHead• the eyes are green (brown in immature animals)
 Thorax➤ the thorax is metallic green with bronze-brown reflections but without a yellow spot on the side
 Abdomen• the abdomen is fairly uniformly metallic green
  • the abdomen is not very club-shaped
 Wings➤ the wings do not have orange patches at the base
FemaleAbdomen➤ the abdomen bears a long vulvar scale
Photographs • all of our photos below were made in Finland

Cordulia aenea (left), Somatochlora metallica (centre) and S. meridionalis (right); vulvar scale
Note: In S. metallica the vulvar scale is very long and sits perpendicular to the abdomen.

Somatochlora metallica (left) and S. meridionalis (right); thorax
Note: In S. metallica the thorax does not bear a yellow spot.

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