Description

Length: 33-36mm

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.

Where to See

Latin NamePyrrhosoma nymphula
Habitat

Most wetland habitats but avoids fast flowing water.

Threats

N/A

Status & Distribution

Common and widespread

Similar Species

The Small Red Damselfly is similar but has red legs and wing spots.

Management

N/A

Species GroupDamselflies
Family
Identification Notes

Red with black legs and wing spot

Larval Information

A robust larva with a distinctive black X on the caudal lamellae