Published August 26, 2011
A dragonfly – a species not native to Iceland – has been spotted in the capital area.
According to RÚV, the Natural History Museum of Kópavogur has received numerous reports of a dragonfly in the Reykjavík area. While the creature has not been caught, photos have been taken of it. It is estimated to be about 10 centimetres long.
Experts have not been able to identify the species of dragonfly based on the photo, but it can be found on the Natural History Museum of Kópavogur’s home page.
Dragonflies are not native species to Iceland, and it is suspected that it arrived by ship. This is especially likely given that the dragonfly was spotted near the Sundahöfn harbour.
This is not the first visit made by dragonflies to Iceland. In recent history, a specimen of Hemianax ephippiger – indigenous to North Africa – arrived in Iceland by sheer force of wind.
If you can identify the dragonfly species in the photo, or have even caught the creature yourself, you are strongly urged to contact the Natural History Museum of Kópavogur to let them know.