Lestes sponsa has always been common in The Netherlands. It is decidedly more abundant on sandy soils than elsewhere, hence the scarcity of records on clay soils in the west and north. Particularly high densities are found in acidic pools. The species is widespread but relatively scarce on peat soils, where it seems to prefer well-developed vegetation structures, such as Stratiotes aloides fields. It may colonise suitable sites in inhospitable landscapes, for instance where sand is introduced for construction or where there is local influence of groundwater.
- 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.