Large Red Damselfly
Dave Cheetham (June)
We saw this brightly coloured beauty hovering over a small stream on Moel Siabod yesterday. Quite the common in the UK, the large red damselfly emerges in April or May.
This one was in the process of taking off, as its wings aren't folded by its sides, but every other snap I took (other than this, the last one) showed its wings folded.
One of the key ways of telling if what you are looking at is a dragonfly or damselfly is that dragonflies rest with their wings outspread and damselflies rest with them neatly folded. Dragonflies are generally much bigger too.
Also, Damselflies are never to found far from water and have an erratic, short flight path whereas Dragonflies tend to be stronger fliers, flying longer distances and can be found away from water.