Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Large Red Damselfly
Large Red Damselfly male
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.)
Large Red Damselfly The Large Red is one of the earliest damselflies on the wing in the year.
Large Red Damselfly male The yellow under-part
Large Red Damselfly coupled Pair coupled in tandem, showing the slim male and fatter-bodied female.
Large Red Damselfly Male
Large Red Damselfly The yellow and black face with large red eyes
Large Red Damselfly The gold sheen on the thorax
Large Red Damselfly Close-up of eye and yellow on thorax
Large Red Damselfly
Large Red Damselfly
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.
Large Red Damselfly
Male and female ovipositing in tandem. His four wings (just visible) like helicopter blades allow him to hover while she is stationary.
Large Red Damselfly
Large Red Damselfly
Large Red Damselfly