Oxygastra curtisii – Orange-spotted Emerald

Oxygastra curtisii (Orange-spotted Emerald) is most common in Iberia and France but its geographical distribution includes Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium and Morocco as well. The species is locally extinct in the United Kingdom and The Netherlands.
The vernacular name refers to the row of orange to yellow spots on top of the abdomen. Males feature a white ridge on top of the tenth abdominal segment that’s even visible in flight.
Orange-spotted Emeralds inhabit slow flowing streams, often shaded by trees.