Large Red Damselfly -
This lovely bright red damselfly - seen all over the Western Isles.
This beautiful damselfly is one of the first dragonflies to show its face throughout Scotland and the UK.
Red with extensive black markings and black legs, and some bronze on the abdomen.
The large red damselfly has broad red or yellow antehumeral stripes and black legs. It has a brilliant almost metallic red to the abdomen, with broad yellow, orange and black antehumeral stripes on the male.
Female Large Red Damselfly
The female may be in 3 colour forms with varying amounts of black on her abdomen - usually .she is darker with more black markings and a generally bulkier body. Females look similar to the males but, also have a narrow, patterned black line running down the centre of the abdomen.
Damselflies Rest With Wings Folded
Damselflies rest with their wings folded lengthways along their body (unlike dragonflies, which rest with wings outspread). In young specimens the red colouration is replaced by yellow.
Dragonflies are really beautiful insects which capture the essence of summer. They act out for you their intricate aerobatics and its a pleasure to watch their behaviour.
INTERESTING DRAGONFLY FACTS
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