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Damselfly Large Red Damselfly

Large Red Damselfly - Photo  Copyright 2002 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
To help you identify dragonflies and damselflies there's a beautifully illustrated chart in the Nature Shop - click here

Latin name: Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Size: Wingspan approximately 50mms.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Months seen: May to September.

Habitat: Seen close to ponds, streams and rivers.

Food: Insects.

Special features: This is one of our commonest damselflies, and often one of the earliest to be seen in each year.

Both the male and female have a red abdomen with black markings. The thorax is black with red stripes, and the legs are black.

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Large Red Damselfly Exuviae
UK Safari Damselfly Section
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