Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula teneral

Out in the garden today, and with blue skies and wall to wall sunshine is was time take the first photos of May. I sat by my pond, and within a couple of minutes I noticed a small damselfly resting on my Yellow Iris growing in the pond. It was in an awkward position to photo, so I thought I might risk coaxing it with my finger into a new position. It actually gripped the end of my finger and allowed me to place it elsewhere. It was very small, and when it flew it flew weakly and didn’t fly very far.

Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula teneral

Then as I took a few snaps of it, I noticed a few others on bushes and plants near the pond. They were all the same species, the Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula), and appeared to be tenerals, newly emerged. Most of them seemed quite happy to just hang around in the sun as can be seen from this series of images.

Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula teneral

Knowing I had Large Red Damselfly nymphs in my garden pond I did wonder whether these had developed from here, but they had only been there for a year, which might just be long enough, I guess.

Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula teneral

Please click on the images for larger, mored detailed views.

Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) tenerals, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. May 2017.

19 thoughts on “Emergence

    1. Thank you, Marilyn πŸ™‚ They appeared pretty timid, probably because they were getting used to the world in their new form.


  1. Is this your first of season damselfly, Pete? I love me some red damselflies, but no species of red damselflies occur where I live in Northern Virginia (USA). Color me red with envy!

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    1. Thank you, Ark πŸ™‚ We have two red species of damselfly here, I think, but this is the only one I have seen.


  2. It is interesting to see that we both have been shooting damselflies. I am on a short business trip to Vienna, Austria and took some damselfly shots at the National Park here.The species are unfamiliar to me, but might be ones that you will recognize. It’s always exciting when a new season of dragonflies/damselflies begins.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Mike. indeed, it is always exciting and challenging with a new season of odonata. I will look forward to seeing your posts.


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