Banded Demoiselle (4)
Banded Demoiselle (3)

Male Female

Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa

Basically, both sexes have a metallic green body, clear wings and tend to rest with their wings held half spread on waterside vegetation. The pterostigma is elongated and blackish.
Males have a powder blue pruinescence on segments 1-2 and 9-10 and have blue eyes.
Females have a thicker abdomen than the males with no blue pruinescence and have brown eyes.
Found towards the end of June through till at least September.

*The Scarce Emerald Damselfly Lestes dryas is also found in Norfolk but is mainly restricted to the Brecks (e.g. Thompson Common).
The Willow Emerald Damselfly Chacolestes viridis from the Meditrranean is also found in Norfolk and is now found in many areas where there are overhanging Willows and Alders next to a water body such as a dyke. Strumpshaw Fen is one such site but there are now many others.
The Southern Emerald Damselfly Lestes barbarus is much rarer than the aforementioned species, but is periodically found at sites such as the toad pools at Winterton Dunes.

Emerald (1)
Emerald (2)
Emerald (5)

Male Female Pair in tandem

Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula

The first damselfly to emerge in Spring and as the name suggests are mainly red-bodied.
The male has a deep red abdomen with bronze and black bands, while the female (which has three colour forms) has more black on the abdominal segments in all colour forms. However, in all cases this is the only 'red' damselfy commonly encountered in the UK.
Temperature allowing, begins to appear towards the end of April and onwards into August.

*The Small Red Damselfly Ceriagrion tenellum is found at one site in Norfolk (Scarning Fen near Dereham) but is mainly a damselfly of boggy heaths in some southern counties.

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Large Red (1)

Male Pair in tandem

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