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.
Flight Period: June (May) – August (September)
Squat with broad and short caudal lamellae with dark veins. Hind margin of head distinctivly angular.