Orthetrum coerulescens is fairly rare in The Netherlands. It has been in decline throughout the 20th century, but appears to have recovered under the influence of warm summers and habitat creation in the 1990s. The species is Red-listed as vulnerable. Currently it is locally common in the south-east, with isolated localities in eastern Overijssel (not shown on the map) and Gelderland. Its favoured habitat is warm, small running waters with some influence of seepage in bogs, wet heaths and quarries. Such sites are susceptible to desiccation, eutrophication and succession.
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