Erythromma najas-Red Eyed Damselfly (RSPB Lakenheath)

Length: 35mm

A robust looking damselfly with a dark greyish abdomen and a blue “tail” in the male. The eyes of the male are deep red and the thorax in both sexes is bronze black on top. The female has short, yellowish ante-humeral lines.

Found in lakes, gravel pits, canals and slow-flowing rivers. The males often sit on water lily leaves defending their leaf from allcomers.