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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.
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.