Red Dragonfly

A small red dragonfly alights on a piece of driftwood in the pond. I first of all thought it was a damselfly due to its smaller size compared to other dragonflies seen in the garden but the spread out wings whilst at rest give the clue that it is a dragonfly; damsels fold their wings back along their body when at rest. I think it’s either a common (most likely) or ruddy darter.

We’ve had lots of dragonfly activity around the pond this year – which is fantastic. Last year, we saw dragonflies around but the drought made the water level drop quite seriously discouraging any egg laying.