logo

Pyrrhosoma nymphula - Large Red Damsel

Phylum: Arthropoda - Class: Insecta - Order: Odonata - Family: Coenagrionidae

Large red damselfly

The Large Red Damsel is the first of the common damselflies to hatch. It is found on lakes and rivers and usually appears before the end of April, and hatches continue throughout the summer.

Large red damselflies

These brilliant insects can be seen on most ponds and canals in springtime and early summer.

Paired large red damsels during egg laying

In the picture above, the female (larger than the male and with a wingspan of up to 50mm and a more stout body) is laying eggs, assisted by her partner. Although trout are often seen leaping at the paired adults flying across the water, it is usually best for anglers to concentrate on imitations of the nymph of this insect.

Adult damselfly emerging from nymphal shuck
Above: An adult Large Red Damselfly emerging from its nymphal shuck.

Matching the Hatch

If you found this information helpful, you would probably find the new 2017 edition of our bestselling book Matching the Hatch by Pat O'Reilly very useful. Get an author-signed copy here...

Other nature books from First Nature...