Yesterday at Ynys-Hir, there were lots of damselflies around. There seemed to be a few different sorts of red ones, and after reading up about it, it seems that they’re all Great Red Damselflies and they just have a bit of variety in their patterning.
There was one which was mostly red with stripes at the end:
Then there was one with sort of blobby black stripes with a bit of orangey-yellow:
And lastly there was this one which was mostly red at the top going to mostly black at the bottom:
There could even have been more variations but these are the ones I got shots of. Being me, of course I had to see how close I could go, and I must say, their eyes are fascinating …
It would appear that Damselflies feed on other insects and spiders … I caught this one munching on a spider!
And this one seems to have recently finished a meal of perhaps a crane fly – it looks like he’s left a leg!
As you have no doubt gathered, I was really rather taken with these damselflies and spent a lot of time taking many photos 🙂
I did see one other type of damselfly which is I think the Southern Damselfly. I didn’t get a very good shot of it as I had the wrong lens on at the time. There was another shot where you could see the blue in the stripes, but it was very fuzzy so you’re not going to see it! Incidentally this one appears to be munching on some smaller insect too.