Hunting Ground


Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) – I saw two of these around the garden pond today … and they were on the hunt. Although not power fliers like the larger dragonflies, they were quick and nimble, and I watched one of them snatch a fly out of mid-air. I was quite amazed how they soon got used to my presence and allowed me to get fairly close up to them with my macro lens. Double-click on images to enlarge.


Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula

© Peter Hillman ♦ 26th April 2020 ♦ Rear garden, South Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200


11 thoughts on “Hunting Ground

  1. This variety is exceedingly handsome. There are quite a few damsels around our cabin, most of them of the Bluet line. I am frequently fascinated by their similarity to–and their differences from–their larger and beefier dragon cousins.

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    • There ere only two red varieties here, the other rarer which I haven’t seen, but they are quite striking. We have the blues, also, but I have not seen any as to yet.

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