Willow Emerald Damselfly Chalcolestes viridis (Vander Linden, 1825) 
Status .....Formerly a very rare Damselfly in Nottinghamshire, but one which has increased very quickly and in all honesty, is probably at most sites with suitable habitat. The first UK record came from Suffolk in 2007 and it rapidly colonised south-eastern counties. It continues to expand it's range further inland and reached Nottinghamshire as recently as 2020, when found at Rampton on September 1st 2020 (Hursthouse, D.).  The favoured habitat is tree-lined ponds, or slow moving water bodies such as canals.
Photographed at Bevercotes Pit Wood, August 2022
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Chalcolestes viridis 
Photographed by Phil Lee at Gringley September 2020
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Phil and Steph Lee. British Dragonfly Society Website. NBN Atlas. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Nick and Samantha Brownley. Phil Cadman. Lound Moth Group. Martin Kennewell.

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Updated September 2022

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