The Small Red Damselfly
This is one of the our smaller species of damselfly which is found exclusively in the southern half of the United Kingdom. Although sparse in its distribution it can be locally common if the breeding conditions at selected sites are suitable.
This damselfly likes wet, boggy and peaty locations with little pools, seepages and runnels where they gather on the dense low lying grassy bank side vegetation.
This species can be seen on the wing from mid to late June through to early September but they can be seen at their best in July to early or mid August when they reach full maturity and are at their most colourful.
The mal exhibits a vibrant bright all red abdomen and in the sun light an almost golden upper thoracic area which has no antehumeral stripes. The females can be darker in appearance and have a black and red abdomen.
This is an extremely obliging subject and a sunny still day in July or August can lead to some very rewarding images. Some ultra close up macro images are also possible.
This is perhaps my favourite damselfly of all the Uunited Kingdoms species and I never tire of capturing its image.