Lestes barbarus is currently common in The Netherlands, although it was fairly rare prior to the 1990s. From 1994 onwards, a series of warm summers brought a remarkable boost of records. Although populations were established throughout the country, numbers were particularly high along the coast. The preferred habitat, shallow water that dries up in summer, is relatively frequent in the coastal dunes. This habitat also occurs further inland on sandy soils.
- Nederlandse Vereniging voor Libellenstudie 2002. De Nederlandse libellen (Odonata). Nederlandse Fauna 4: 1-440. Nationaal Natuurhistorisch Museum Naturalis, KNNV Uitgeverij & European Invertebrate Survey-Nederland, Leiden.