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Flight period: March to September
Both sexes with black legs and wing spots.
Male: Red abdomen with bronze-black markings. Thorax black with red shoulder stripes (yellow when immature)
Female: three clour forms from mostly red to mostly black. Some colour forms have red shoulder stripes, some have yellow.
Most wetland habitats but avoids fast flowing water.
Status & Distribution
Common and widespread
A robust larva with a distinctive black X on the caudal lamellae
The Small Red Damselfly is similar but has red legs and wing spots.