Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Large Red Damselfly)

This distinctive red damselfly with black markings is usually the first to appear in the garden. Approximately 35mm in length. The female lays her eggs on submerged vegetation, which hatch after two or three weeks. The resulting nymphs remain in the water for 2 years before emerging, and climbing up nearby vegetation where they emerge from their case. They then rest and dry their wings before flying off into the big wide world. Their main food is small insects.

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