These are some of the first Small Red-eyed Damselflies to be recorded at The Lodge. Mark tipped me off as I happened to be wandering past and though I didn't really know what to look for, I managed to get a single photo of the pair 'in tandem'.
The problem is that they're really very similar to Red-eyed Damselflies, which are very numerous on the swimming pool at The Lodge. I was lucky to photograph the right pair, though a brief comparison with a nearby Red-eyed meant the size difference was discernable.
There's not much in it:
- smaller size - 29mm body length for Small Red-eyed, v 35mm for Red-eyed
- paler underside to eyes
- greenish shoulder-stripes on male Small, where male Red-eyed is all black
Identification suggestions much appreciated!
photos taken with Nikon Coolpix 995