Large Red Damselfly

Pyrrhosoma nymphula – I saw three of these around the garden pond fluttering lazily in the sunshine before settling down again. I know they breed in the pond, as I have seen their larvae under the water. © Peter Hillman ♦ 25th April 2020 ♦ Rear garden, South Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200

Azure Damselfly II

A few more images I manged to take as this Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella), revisted my garden. With the top down view you can see more of its markings, especially the flat-bottomed U-shape mark on segment 2. Rear garden pond, Staffordshire, England. June 2017.

Azure Damselfly

Coenagrion puella A new damselfly sighting for me, and in my own backyard. This one was competing for perches around my pond with half a dozen or so Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula), and stood his (yes, it is male) ground pretty well. Length 33mm (1in). Similar to other blue damselflies, so care has to… Read More Azure Damselfly

Making Hearts

There is still a lot of activity around the garden pond, as can be seen in the above image. Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) mating, rear garden pond, Staffordshire, England. June 2017.

Gone Full Cycle

From the female I observed last June laying eggs in my garden pond, to the hatched larvae which lived beneath the still water, to their emergence in spring as adults, and now they have gone a full cycle. Here we have a mating pair of  the Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula), ensuring the perpetuation of… Read More Gone Full Cycle

Over Still Waters

After emerging from my garden pond the damselflies appeared to have gone off to greener pastures. But they appear to be returning back home, and here is one waiting for small flies to come by to snap out of the air to eat as food, resting on an iris leaf stretched across still waters. Large… Read More Over Still Waters

Just Emerged

Out in the garden this morning, and as always I go to see what’s happening around the pond. I switch on my pump, which has no filter and is open, and helps oxygenate the pond, although I think the oxygenating plants are doing a good job, but the sound and movement of water is always… Read More Just Emerged

Before Emergence

Today has been another exceptionally hot May day, and this afternoon I noticed quite a few recently emerged Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) on plants around my garden pond. And I was delighted to find one which had left it’s larval skin behind. Dragonflies and damselflies don’t go through a pupation stage similar to other… Read More Before Emergence

Emergence II

The teneral damselflies are still coming and appearing around the pond. This one could hardly fly at all.  It was clinging to a stem of my Water Mint. I like the way the light catches the wings and brings out the colour spectrum. Please click on the images for larger, mored detailed views. Large Red… Read More Emergence II


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… Read More Emergence

On His Pedestal

He stuck something out at me below in the image below … Photographs of male Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum), taken July 2016, local pond, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Nikon 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens.

Common Darter

Sympetrum striolatum Females are ochre bodied, whilst males are reddish with a dark patch on the side of the thorax. Both sexes usually have yellow-striped brown legs. Body length 40mm. Forewing 30mm. Eggs are laid in flight with the abdomen being dipped into shallow water. The eggs hatch within a few weeks, or the following… Read More Common Darter

Beautiful Demoiselle

Calopteryx virgo The wings of the mature male are a very dark blue, almost black, where the female’s wings are an iridescent green-brown with a false white spot near the tips. The male’s body is a metallic blue-green, and the female’s metallic green with a bronze-tipped abdomen. Body length up to 50mm. Forewing 40mm. The… Read More Beautiful Demoiselle

Southern Hawker

Aeshna cyanea A  large colourful dragonfly, where the males are blackish with blue and apple-green markings, and where the females have dark brown and green patterning. Both sexes have broad coloured stripes on the top and sides of the thorax, and a narrow yellow triangle on the second abdominal segment. They also have coloured bands… Read More Southern Hawker

Four-spotted Chaser

Libellula quadrimaculata The four dark spots on the wings of this medium-sized dragonfly are diagnostic of the species. The wings also have yellow bases that extend along the front margins. The sexes are similar, and have brown eyes, thorax and abdomen. Body length up to 45mm. Forewing up to 40mm. The males are very territorial, and… Read More Four-spotted Chaser

Broad-bodied Chaser

Libellula depressa I love to watch these magnificent dragonflies down by the river in the summer. They have a distinctive flat, broad body and four dark wing patches. The males have blue abdomens where the females are a golden-yellow, darkening with age. They both have distinctive yellow spots along the sides of the abdomen. Body length up… Read More Broad-bodied Chaser

Common Blue Damselfly

Enallagma cyathigerum There is nothing more calming and more beautiful than taking a pleasant stroll along the river bank on a fine summer’s morning. This striking blue damselfly from the family of dragonflies called Coenagrionidae, which are the Narrow-winged dragonflies, caught my eye. After a few minutes of playing hard to get, it finally settled… Read More Common Blue Damselfly

Another Damsel Pays A Visit

The afternoons seem to be the time the damselflies like to visit my garden pond and hang around a little. Yesterday a red one visited, and today a blue one, or rather a light greenish-blue one. This one was another female called the Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans). Photographs taken June 2016, rear garden pond, Staffordshire.

Large Red Damselfly

Pyrrhosoma nymphula A large red and black-striped damselfly with black legs. Both sexes have red eyes. The males have deep red coloured abdomens with bronze-black bands. The thorax has a bronze-black top and stripe across the side. Females have three colour forms, the commonest is similar to the male but has more black on the… Read More Large Red Damselfly