More northern and eastern site species of Sympecma fusca, closely resembling it in coloration, behaviour and biology. Suitable habitats in central Europe often harbor both species, requiring careful comparison.


Total: 36-39 mm.
Abdomen: 25-29 mm.
Hindwing: 18-22 mm.


Similar to Sympecma fusca, breeding in almost any type of standing water in the east. The more localised occurrence in westen Europe is difficult to associate with a particular habitat.

Flight Season

Emergence begins in late July, oviposition takes place mostly in April and May.

Range and Status

Not yet registered in Denmark.