This landed on one of my hollyhocks , a beautiful looking thing.
Often the earliest dragonfly or damselfly to appear, it is relatively easy to identify being red and black, with the black legs, which distinguish it from the Small Red Damselfly.
Photo ID? Easily identified from a photo
The Large Red Damselfly has a preference for well-vegetated sites, and is found on a variety of water bodies including ponds, lakes, rivers and canals.
When to see it
Mid April until the end of August.
The Large Red normally has a two year life cycle. Unusually for dragonflies, the larvae are territorial as well as the adult males.
Widespread throughout most of Britain.