Status: - This species has a distribution that is limited to parts of Wales, Devon & Hampshire. This species is under the protection of the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981.
Habitat: - Found on flowing water, flushes and small streams, which are fed by underground water sources with an almost constant water temperature. It tends to favour both the calcareous water meadow ditch systems and shallow heathland streams which have an open aspect.
Flight period: - Mainly June and July.
General: - For those familiar with Azure & Common Blue Damselflies the smaller size of this species is clearly apparent. It is rarely if ever is found in the presence of other species of blue damselfly. The Small Red damselfly is often found alongside the Southern Damselfly, the females are very similar but can be distinguished from one another by careful observation of the coloured lines separating abdominal segments 7,8,9 & 10, which are red for Small Red and blue for Southern Damselfly.