Orange-spotted emerald

Oxygastra curtisii

The orange-spotted emerald is a dragonfly in the family Corduliidae. It is the only species in its genus.

The orange-spotted emerald is about 53 millimetres long. It has bright green eyes and a bronzy-green body with yellow spots along the top of the abdomen. The last segment of the abdomen has a prominent yellow mark on the upper surface.

The species occurs in much of Europe but is regionally extinct in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Its habitat is slow flowing streams, pools and ponds.
The nymph Oxygastra curtisii nymph. Orange-spotted emerald,Oxygastra curtisii

Status

This species was only ever known from two areas in southern England, one around the River Stour and Moors River in east Dorset, where the species was recorded from 1820 to 1963, and the other on the River Tamar in Devon where the species was recorded in 1946 only.

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Status: Near threatened | Trend: Stable
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderOdonata
FamilyCorduliidae
GenusOxygastra
SpeciesO. curtisii
Photographed in
Portugal