This striking damselfly is easily recognized by the male's purplish-red, metallic body and the broad, dark bands on the wings. The female has a green-bronze body and usually exhibits a narrow dark band near the tips of the hindwings. It is found near clean running water in Southern France and all around the Western Mediterranean.
Male on Le Verdus stream, St-Guilhem-le-Desert (34), 31st May 2005
Male on the La Peyne stream near Roujan, 14th July 2008
Female on the La Peyne stream near Roujan, 14th July 2008
13/06/2004 About 5 males seen on la Marette stream near Octon, Hérault (34).
02/07/2004 Single female by the River Orb near Bédarieux, Hérault (34).
20/05/2005 Possible female on stream near car park at plan d'eau near Lunas, Hérault (34).
31/05/2005 A few males seen by Le Verdus stream, St-Guilhem-le-Desert (34)
15/07/2006 Two males and one female on bushes by the River Orb between Hérépian and Bédarieux (34).
10/07/2008 Male and female seen at the Plan d'eau near Lunas
14/07/2008 About 30 males and females seen at two sites on the La Peyne stream below Lac des Olivettes, Roujan (34)
09/06/2009 30-100 mainly males at the La Peyne stream near to the Barrage des Olivettes.
If you have any comments about this site please email george @ ghmahoney . org . uk
Unless specifically stated otherwise, all photographs on this web site are copyright © G H Mahoney. See the About this site page for fair usage information.This page last updated 09/04/2005