The Large Red damselfly occurs throughout the British Isles and much of Europe. The male, shown above, has a black and red upper thorax, the black having a gold sheen in some lights, and a yellow underside; his abdomen is red with a clearly defined set of black markings on the "tail" end. (The Small Red damselfly is wholly red with red legs.)
The Large Red is one of the earliest damselflies on the wing in the year.
The yellow under-part
Pair coupled in tandem, showing the slim male and fatter-bodied female.
The yellow and black face with large red eyes
The gold sheen on the thorax
Close-up of eye and yellow on thorax
The female has much more black on her abdomen and has yellow dividing the segments.
The amount of black is variable from almost none to almost wholly black, still with yellow rings.
Male and female ovipositing in tandem. His four wings (just
visible) like helicopter blades allow him to hover while
she is stationary.