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Pyrrhosoma nymphula

• Scientific name: Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Sulzer, 1776)
• English name: Large Red Damsel
• German name: Frühe Adonislibelle
• French name: Petite nymphe au corps de feu
• Dutch name: Vuurjuffer
• Swedish name: Röd flickslända
• Norwegian name: Rød vannymfe
• Finnish name: Punatytönkorento
• Danish name: Rød vandnymfe
• Italian name: Scintilla zampenere
• Czech name: šidélko ruměnné
• Slovenian name: Rani plamenec
• Bulgarian name: Чернокрако огнивче
• Typical length: 33-36 mm
• Hindwing: 19-24 mm

Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Distribution map

Map data based on J.-P. Boudot & V. J. Kalkman (eds.),
Atlas of the European Dragonflies and Damselflies

The Large Red Damsel is one of four European damselfly species whose bodies are predominantly red. Compared to its smaller stable mate the Small Red Damsel, Pyrrhosoma nymphula is a relatively large and robust damselfly. It's widely distributed and generally quite common throughout Europe but, at least in our experience, it tends to be much more localized in the South, and it has taken us three years to find a nearby stream where Pyrrhosoma nymphula occurs in good numbers. The species' main distinguishing features include, obviously, its red-and-black thorax and abdomen (although some female colour forms combine black and yellow), its black legs, and its black pterostigma.

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