A common but easily overlooked damselfly, dainty and drab. Males and tandems may suddenly appear in the first sunny days of spring, perching and ovipositioning on the reeds and rushes of the previous summer. In the north and east, look-alike Sympecma paedisca may be concealed among populations of Sympecma fusca or vice versa.


Total: 34-39 mm.
Abdomen: 25-30 mm.
Hindwing: 18-23 mm.


All kinds of well-vegetated standing waters, especially where there are floating dead reeds or rushes.

Flight Season

Adults may be seen throughout the year, but are most re-productively active in April and May, while late summer activity peaks in August and September.

Range and Status

Not yet registered in Denmark.