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The female is obviously larger than the male, the abdomen being up to 3 times as thick. The eyes and legs match those of the male. There are 3 female colour forms. The 2 types of red female carry significantly more black on the abdomen than the male. The black segments of the abdomen are not separated by wide red bands and the abdominal segment joints are delineated with fine lines in both black and yellow. The upper surface of the thorax closely resembles that of the male except in the all black form where the antehumeral stripes are yellow.
Chris Brooks - www.dragonfly-images.co.uk
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You're up early posting this Chris. Are you emulating the early emergence of your subject, perhaps? ;-)
I've got withdrawal symptoms already, myself, and can't wait 'til the Large Reds come back.
Hi John, looking at the Large Red makes me think of spring as you say roll on. Chris
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