Lestes sponsa is known commonly as the Emerald Damselfly or Common Spreadwing. Preferred habitats of this species are pools, ponds and moorlands, it is a species of still or very slow flowing water. The Emerald Damselfly has a large Palaeartic distribution, and is found in a band across central Europe and Asia from France to the Pacific. It is not found in the far north in Europe and Asia or in the extreme south, being absent from much of Spain, southern Italy and Greece. It probably occurs in some areas of north Africa and around the Mediterranean it is found at altitude.