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One of our smallest damselflies, this is one of only two red damselfly species in the UK. The male has an all red abdomen. The female exists in several colour forms varying in the amount of red and black on the abdomen from nearly all black in f. melanogastrum to an uncommon red form, erythrogastrum. Both sexes have a bronze-black thorax and red legs and pterostigma.
Found in shallow pools, seepages and streams in heathland bog.
Status & Distribution
Rare. Restricted to heathlands in southern England and west Wales.