This is perhaps one of the 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 bankside vegetation.
This species can be seen on the wing in 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.
The male exhibits a vibrant bright all red abdomen and in the sun light an almost golden upper thoracic area. 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. Ultra close up macro images are also possible.
This is perhaps my favourite damselfly of the United Kingdom species and I never tire of capturing its image.