|Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) - male|
In this species the males are slimmer than the females and their brighter red abdomen only has black markings towards the tip, so my photograph does indeed shows a male. The females have larger but varying amounts of black along their duller red abdomen and are most often seen when in tandem (ie mating) with a male or egg-laying (ovipositing) on the pond. Luckily in the space of a few minutes today I managed to capture both of these events with my camera to confirm both male and female Large Red Damselfly :
|Large Red Damselfly - female ovipositing|
|Large Red damsels - male and female in tandem|
The mating ritual takes about 20 minutes then the female will begin to deposit her eggs on vegetation around the pond surface.
Good to capture all those characteristics in one session, now for the blues . . . . .