Name: Red-eyed Damselfly
Scientific name: Erythromma najas
Nature Stars: 60
About: A small but robust damselfly, about 6 cm long. Mostly black in colour, with a pale blue band at the end of the body, blue patches on the thorax and bright, blood red eyes. A damselfly of ponds and lakes, where it can often be seen sat on lily pads. On the wing from the end of May throug to August.
How to identify: More robust than the Blue-tailed Damselfly, which doesn't have red eyes. The Small Red-eyed Damselfly is very similar, but a little smaller with orangey-red eyes.
Where: Southern and central England, spreading north and into Wales.
Fantastic fact: The closely related Small Red-eyed Damselfly was first recorded in this country in 1999 and is now found throughout south east England and parts of the Midlands.
Photograph credit: Matthias Zepper