We visited the gardens at Helmingham Hall last weekend in the hope that we might be some early 'dragons' or 'damsels' around the moat. As you can see, the walled garden was looking very beautiful.
We were thrilled to see our first Painted Ladies of the season, and since then we have had one in the garden at home.
And yes! There were damselflies, many of them Large Reds like the one in the photo.
We saw a couple of these Broad-bodied Chasers. The males are blue, but females and immature ones are a shimmering gold.