Dragonflies and damselflies

Large red damselfly

Large red damselfly

The large red damselfly is fairly common wherever there is water in the New Forest and can often be seen along streams or by ponds or bogs. It is widespread and common throughout the UK.

This beautiful little insect can be seen almost anywhere near water and breeds in bogs, pools, ditches, ponds and streams. The only habitat that it seems not to like is very fast-flowing streams. It is the earliest of the dragonflies and damselflies to appear in the year and can be seen in sunny weather from late April through to September. You are bound to see them at ponds such as Hatchet Pond, but many people often see them in their gardens - even if they have not got a pond.

ID tip - Large red damselflies are in fact quite small. There are only two species of red damselfly in the UK and the large red is the common one that you will see almost anywhere. If you see a red-coloured damselfly in your garden, local stream or pond it will almost certainly be a large red. It can be told from the small red damselfly by its black legs. The legs of small red damselfly are red.

Photo credit: David Ellis

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  3. Beautiful demoiselle
  4. Blue-tailed damselfly
  5. Broad-bodied chasers
  6. Common darter
  7. Emperor dragonfly
  8. Golden-ringed dragonfly
  9. Keeled skimmer
  10. Large red damselfly (you are here)
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  12. Southern damselfly
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