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Small Red Damsel (Ceriagrion tenellum)

• Scientific name: Ceriagrion tenellum (de Villers, 1789)
• English name: Small Red Damsel
• German name: Zarte Rubinjungfer
• French name: Agrion délicat
• Dutch name: Koraaljuffer
• Swedish name: Mindre blodflickslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Scintilla zamperosse
• Czech name: N/A
• Slovenian name: Rdeči voščenec
• Bulgarian name: N/A
• Typical length: 25-35 mm
• Hindwing: 15-21 mm

Small Red Damsel (Ceriagrion tenellum)

Distribution map

Map data based on J.-P. Boudot & V. J. Kalkman (eds.),
Atlas of the European Dragonflies and Damselflies

The Small Red Damsel is one of four European damselfly species whose bodies are predominantly red. Compared to its larger stable mate the Large Red Damsel, Ceriagrion tenellum is a relatively small and dainty damselfly. It's a fairly common and widespread species in Iberia, France and Italy, becoming much rarer and more localized further North. The species' main distinguishing features include, obviously, its all-red head and abdomen (although some female colour forms are predominantly black), its fleshy-red legs, and its red pterostigma.

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