This large red damsel is the first sign of spring in much of our area, being the only Pyrrhosoma present in north-west Africa, Turkey and most of Europe.


Total: 33-36 mm.
Abdomen: 25-30 mm.
Hindwing: 19-24 mm.


Wide range of waters, with the highest abundance in well-vegetated, standing water.

Flight Season

From April to August. Most abundant in May and June.

Range and Status

Common in Denmark.