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Close encounters of the Large Red kind…

By May 9, 2022Blog

Julian Cartwright has been enjoying good numbers of Large Red Damselflies at Boyne Water on Brown Clee Hill. As well as seeing over 30 individuals Julian took this wonderful close up photo. You can see how short the antennae are and how large the compound eyes are underlining the fact they are primarily visual predators. You can also clearly see the 3 ocelli in the centre of the head- these are simple eyes which are light sensitive and help keep the damselfly level in flight by sensing roll and pitch.