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PICTURE: Large Red (male), Fairburn Ings, RSPB, North Yorkshire, May 2009.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This species is common and widespread throughout the British Isles.

 

WING SPAN: 43mm to 45mm.             BODY LENGTH: 35mm to 37mm .             

FLIGHT PERIOD: This species emerges as early as late April, and can be on the wing from any time after through to late July, or early August.

LARVAL PERIOD: Eggs are laid in large batches of about three hundred and fifty eggs, into submerged vegetation. They hatch in about two to three weeks, and take one to three years to develop into adults, the usual period is about two years.

HABITAT: Habitats are most types of wetland, including drainage ditches, acidic moor land bogs, pools, ponds, lakes. However it appears to avoid fast flowing streams and rivers.

FOOD PLANT/S: Various species of invertebrates.         STATUS: Resident.

 

SIMILAR SPECIES: The Small Red Damselfly is very similar, the Large Red has black legs.

       
               
             
               
             
 

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