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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 18

Image Taken on 28 May 2012 at 13:15    Image of day on 28 Jun 2012

A pair of Large Red Damselflies 'in tandem' laying eggs in the duck-shaped pond. The male is at the top.


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Image Taken on 21 May 2014 at 12:17    Image of day on 25 Jul 2014

The warmest pond had a scattering of Large Red Damselflies ('Large' being a relative term!) laying eggs in the pond weed. The female is on the leaf. The segments of the abdomen hinge without any ill-effects.


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Image Taken on 29 May 2012 at 17:32    Image of day on 28 Jun 2012

More detail of the intricately coloured thorax.


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Image Taken on 03 May 2023 at 13:11    Image of day on 15 Jun 2023

Last seen in 2020 (and then after a 5 year gap) we again see a female Large Red Damselfly. Here on some desiccated foliage ...


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Image Taken on 03 May 2023 at 13:13    Image of day on 15 Jun 2023

... and she then moved onto a fresh Blackberry leaf.
She is a hunter - all the foliage does is provide a lookout perch.


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Image Taken on 30 May 2012 at 12:28    Image of day on 28 Jun 2012

The Large Red Damselfly is only large compared to the 'small ...'


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Image Taken on 20 May 2020 at 13:05    Image of day on 18 Jun 2020

A visitor not seen for 5 years - a female large Red Damselfly.


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Image Taken on 17 May 2014 at 10:16    Image of day on 17 Jul 2014

This was our first sighting this year of a female Large Red Damselfly just a few minutes after seeing a male. We hope they found each other!


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Image Taken on 16 May 2009 at 14:16    Image of day on 09 Jun 2009

The Dragonflies and damselflies just starting to be seen. The Large Red Damselfly (size being a relative measure) was found in the long grass and photographic in flight. The underside is NOT red - most dragonflies are different underneath.


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Image Taken on 03 Jun 2013 at 12:38    Image of day on 17 Jul 2013

This first sighting of the year of a female Large Red Damselfly found her in this curved position. It always amazed us now much the joints on the abdomen can bend while the whole body looks so rigid when straight.


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Image Taken on 08 Jun 2008 at 13:57    Image of day on 17 Jun 2008

Damselflies are sort of miniature dragonflies, & just as alien.


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Image Taken on 01 May 2011 at 14:38    Image of day on 01 Jun 2011




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Image Taken on 10 Jul 2010 at 15:19    Image of day on 24 Aug 2010

A Large Red Damselfly but as yet without the typically red eyes. Many odonata vary hugely in colour as they age.


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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2006 at 12:32    Image of day on 30 Jul 2006

Although spending most of their lives as aquatic larva, they spend a lot of the adult phase lurking in vegetation.


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Image Taken on 17 May 2014 at 10:12    Image of day on 17 Jul 2014

This was our first sighting this year of a male Large Red Damselfly. The stick was a horizontal perch for Darter Dragonflies to hunt from


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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2010 at 12:50    Image of day on 26 Jul 2010

Red eyes - but NOT a red eyed damselfly - a Large Red Damselfly.


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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2010 at 12:50    Image of day on 26 Jul 2010

A better look at the intricate head and thorax


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Image Taken on 16 May 2009 at 14:54    Image of day on 09 Jun 2009

Here the same species viewed more conventionally on a leaf.


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Image Taken on 07 Jun 2013 at 12:55    Image of day on 22 Jul 2013

A pair of Large Red Damselflies are laying eggs in the main pond. The female (lower) is ovipositing on the pond lily leaf below the water surface, as you can see from the floating duckweed.


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Image Taken on 27 Jun 2010 at 11:25    Image of day on 09 Aug 2010

The damselflies are busy mating and laying. Mating couples often get harassed by other males wanting (and sometimes managing to get) the female for themselves.


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