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Photo Series: Nature / Case 22: Brilliant Emerald
The Brilliant Emerald Somatochlora metallica
Metamorphosis from larva to the young adult.
This video shows the metamorphosis of the Brilliant Emerald Dragonfly from the larvae to the very young adult.
Fully morphed young brilliant emerald dragonfly. Still not able to fly away.
The Brilliant Emerald has apple green eyes and the abdomen and thorax are dark metallic emerald green with a bright bronze sheen. The wings are suffused by saffron, particularly in the female. In the male the abdomen is slightly club-shaped and is less hairy compared to that of the Downy Emerald . The abdomen of young specimens in particular will glint and flash in sunshine. There are also pale yellow markings laterally and ventrally on segments 2 and 3.

Larvae live amongst peat detritus, twigs, sticks and leaf litter, avoiding bare sand and gravel. Larvae are found under banks or stones; they like the dark and avoid the sunlight. They are commonest in parts that are heavily shaded by overhanging trees. They probably take at least two years to develop.

Source: https://www.british-dragonflies.org.uk
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Photo Series: Nature / Case 22: Brilliant Emerald
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Photo Series: Nature / Case 22: Brilliant Emerald

The Brilliant Emerald has apple green eyes and the abdomen and thorax are dark metallic emerald green with a bright bronze sheen. The wings are s Read More
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