After visiting Westbere Lakes at the weekend for a bit of dipping, I called into a friends house to have a look in their pond for some Large Red Damselfly nymphs. In the past few years, I have found a good number in the pond but on this occasion, I only found 2 Large Red Damselfly nymphs along with a few Azure Damselfly nymphs and 2 small Broad bodied Chaser nymphs. I am hoping that because of the cold conditions and the fact that the pond has been freezing over, that more may have been lurking in the depths. I shall hopefully return in a few weeks to have another look when the water and weather finally start to warm up a little. With the start of the season only about 7 weeks away and the first to emerge being the Large Red Damselfly, I decided to bring one of the Large Red Damselfly nymphs back home where I spent an afternoon taking a number of photos in my indoor photography tank. They tend to be quite easy to identify by their blotchy caudal lamellae which often forms an 'X' shape and I have also witnessed them seemingly communicating by swaying their caudal lamellae from side to side to each other. Hopefully the weeks will pass quickly, the weather will warm up and we will be set to once again, welcome in a new season full of anticipation.
Large Red Damselfly Nymph (female)