Large Red Damselfly Female © David Kitching
Large Red Damselfly Female © David Kitching - Showing the yellow bands on the thorax of some females and immature males.
Large Red Damselfly Larva © Neil Philips - showing the dark X on the caudal lamellae ('tails')
Large Red Damselfly Mature Male © David Kitching - Showing the black legs and wing spot and red stripe on thorax.
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A large, active, deep red damselfly with black legs and a bronze-black top to the thorax which has broad red or yellow stripes. The female exists in several colour forms varying in the amount of red and black on the abdomen from nearly all black in f. melanotum to mainly red in f. fulvipes. The pterostigma is black. This is one of the earliest species to appear each spring.
Flight Period: early April to September
Relatively large and active with distinctive black X mark on the caudal lamellae
Can be found in almost any freshwater habitat but rarely on fast-flowing rivers or streams.
Status & Distribution
Widespread and common in Britain and Ireland.