Essex Field Club on Facebook

Video about the Club Essex Field Club video

Teleiodes luculella
find out more... Teleiodes luculella 2 Copyright: Ben Sale

Essex Field Club
Essex Field Club
registered charity
no 1113963
HLF Logo A-Z Page Index


Essex Field Club

When you shop at Amazon DonatesAmazon Donates

Visit Our Centre

EFC Centre at Wat Tyler Country ParkWe are closed due to the Covid-19 situation, but we are otherwise normally open to the public at our centre at Wat Tyler Country Park every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday 11am-4pm, check. We are also normally open on Wednesdays 10am-4pm.

Species Account for Lestes dryas

previous species | next species

Lestes dryas  Scarce Emerald Damselfly
Kirby, 1890
Odonata: Lestidae

Lestes dryas

Maps produced by MapMate®. Data overlays Copyright © Essex Field Club 2021.
Reproduction for study and non-profit use permitted, all other rights reserved.

Click on dot to query records

Missing records?

member log-on for taxon report

Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Regionally Important/Threatened

Records: 166
First Record: 1983
Latest Record: 2018

1992-on hectads: 16
Pre-1992 hectads: 3
Total hectads: 17
Additional Phenology Data


Lestes dryas
Lestes dryas

upload a new image

Taxonomic group: dragonflies & damselflies (Odonata) - Available county data   
Please report any problems with this record:
VC error
GR error
Taxon ID suspect
Structural habitat suspect
Other problems, please explain here:


Essex Red Data List comment
Many Thames Estuary sites are threatened by development and/or neglect. Some apparent decline in coastal marshes of N.E. Essex.

Species text
This metallic green damselfly breeds in shallow ponds and lakes, overgrown canals, ditches and temporary pools, generally neutral to slightly alkaline and where there is an abundance of emergent vegetation. In grazing levels it will tolerate brackish conditions and may be found where sea club rush predominates. This was always a scarce species in southern and eastern England, and during the 1950s and 60s it was lost from many of its known sites and it was feared extinct in the 1970s. It was rediscovered in Essex in 1983 and has subsequently been found in Essex, Kent and Norfolk. The majority of sites are coastal or estuarine marshes, in dykes or pools that are often chocked with emergent vegetation. Sea Club-rush seems to be a common feature to these sites and the species is clearly tolerant of brackish water (Benton, 1988). References

Species text last edited on Tue Mar 20th 2007 by user 3


Broad Habitat Data (based on 54 records with habitat information)

no subhabitat data available

Structural Habitat Data (based on 35 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 166 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Lestes dryas

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Lestes dryas

Why not join the Club, register and add a new species page
Interpretation of distribution maps