Welcome to my new style narrative, the content of which has been kindly written and supplied by Ken Crick. The narrative is intended to give an insight into the life cycle and characteristics of the featured species.
Size: - Approximate Length 36mm - Wing Span 40mm (male): 48mm (female).
Male: - The male (see above) has red eyes with a black band passing though them. There are two red stripes on the black upper surface of the thorax. The abdomen is deep red with fine black stripes at the segment boundaries.
The upper surface of segments 7 to 9 sport three black bands separated by two broad areas of red. A key feature to remember is that the legs are black.
Female: - The female (see below) is obviously larger than the male, the abdomen being up to 3 times as thick. The eyes and legs match those of the male. There are 3 female colour forms. The 2 types of red female carry significantly more black on the abdomen than the male. The black segments of the abdomen are not separated by wide red bands and the abdominal segment joints are delineated with fine lines in both black and yellow. The upper surface of the thorax closely resembles that of the male except in the all black form where the antehumeral stripes are yellow.