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Red-eyed damselfly Erythromma najas

The red-eyed damselfly is a small, but robust damselfly of ponds, lakes and slow-flowing rivers. As its name suggests it has bright blood-red eyes, but a mostly black body.

Conservation status

Common. Found in Southern and Central England, spreading north and into Wales.

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What is the difference between dragonflies and damselflies?

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Did you know? The closely related small red-eyed damselfly (Erythromma viridulum) was first recorded in this country in 1999 and in Norfolk in 2001.
The males can often been seen sitting on water lilies defending their leaf from other males.
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