Description

Smaller of the two red Damselfly species.

Male: Red abdomen.

Female: Abdomen is black, red or both.

Where to See

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Latin NameCeriagrion tenellum
Habitat

Found in shallow pools, seepages and streams in heathland bog in southern England and west Wales.

Status & Distribution

Rare. Restricted to heathlands in southern England and west Wales.

Similar Species

Large Red Damselfly

  • Larger
  • Black legs.
  • Black pterostigma (wing spots).
  • Large coloured antehumeral stripes on top of the thorax.
Species GroupDamselflies
Identification Notes
  • Length: 31mm
  • Red legs.
  • Red eyes.
  • Red pterostigma (wing spots).
  • Thorax bronze-black on top and pale yellow on the side.
  • Male: red abdomen.
  • Female: Erythrogastrum form has an all red abdomen. Intermedia form has a red and black abdomen. Melanogastrum form has a black abdomen.
Flight PeriodSmall Red Damselfly
Larval Information

Squat with broad and short caudal lamellae with dark veins. Hind margin of head distinctily angular.

Similar Species

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