The Ocellated Emerald is a small Somatochlora, striped Emerald, with two approximately equal sized yellow dots on the thorax. They prefer sunny streams with a lot of oxygen to the bog habitats preferred by many of the other species of Somatochlora
Males patrol a large territory, flying up and down the stream or hovering above for an extended period of time. Foraging usually happens at around head height in sunny clearings and forest or roadside edges. When not in flight they usually perch on grass, tree trunks or other vegetation near the water
Clear, clean sunny streams that are high in Oxygen and very low in pollution
Females lay eggs by tapping the water with their abdomen or by tapping wet mud or moss on the stream bank, slightly above the waterline
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