Checklist Switzerland; English common names

Below is a checklist of the 77 dragonfly and damselfly species for the area Switzerland. It's based on Dijkstra and Lewington's Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Britain and Europe (2006), on the Atlas of the European Dragonflies and Damselflies (Boudot & Kalkman (eds.), 2015), and - in a handful of cases - on new area records. Please click here if you would like to see the list below with the German common names, the French common names, the Italian common names, or the scientific names.

The list below is sorted as per our overall checklist. Clicking on a species name in the list allows you to then cycle through the entire checklist for the area Switzerland by using the Previous (<==) and Next (==>) buttons at the bottom of each page. If you would prefer to see it sorted alphabetically on the English common names, please click here.

Note: if you believe a species is missing from the checklist below, please do email us at with the new information, together with the relevant source(s) and references. If we agree that the new information is indeed valid, we will update the checklist as soon as possible.

Please click on a species name below to see our 20 photographs of that species.

#English common name
1Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens)
2Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo)
3Common Spreadwing (Lestes sponsa)
4Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas)
5Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus)
6Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens)
7Western Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes viridis)
8Common Winter Damsel (Sympecma fusca)
9Siberian Winter Damsel (Sympecma paedisca)
10Common Bluetail (Ischnura elegans)
11Small Bluetail (Ischnura pumilio)
12Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum)
13Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum)
14Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella)
15Mercury Bluet (Coenagrion mercuriale)
16Ornate Bluet (Coenagrion ornatum)
17Dainty Bluet (Coenagrion scitulum)
18Spearhead Bluet (Coenagrion hastulatum)
19Crescent Bluet (Coenagrion lunulatum)
20Large Redeye (Erythromma najas)
21Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum)
22Blue-Eye (Erythromma lindenii)
23Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)
24Small Red Damsel (Ceriagrion tenellum)
25Sedgling (Nehalennia speciosa)
26Blue Featherleg (Platycnemis pennipes)
27Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)
28Blue-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna affinis)
29Green-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles)
30Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)
31Azure Hawker (Aeshna caerulea)
32Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)
33Moorland Hawker (Aeshna juncea)
34Bog Hawker (Aeshna subarctica)
35Blue Emperor (Anax imperator)
36Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope)
37Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger)
38Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense)
39Western Spectre (Boyeria irene)
40Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus)
41Yellow Clubtail (Gomphus simillimus)
42Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus)
43River Clubtail (Gomphus flavipes)
44Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia)
45Large Pincertail (Onychogomphus uncatus)
46Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus)
47Common Goldenring (Cordulegaster boltonii)
48Sombre Goldenring (Cordulegaster bidentata)
49Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea)
50Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica)
51Yellow-Spotted Emerald (Somatochlora flavomaculata)
52Northern Emerald (Somatochlora arctica)
53Alpine Emerald (Somatochlora alpestris)
54Eurasian Baskettail (Epitheca bimaculata)
55Orange-Spotted Emerald (Oxygastra curtisii)
56Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)
57Broad-Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa)
58Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva)
59Black-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum)
60White-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum albistylum)
61Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens)
62Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum)
63Small Whiteface (Leucorrhinia dubia)
64Ruby Whiteface (Leucorrhinia rubicunda)
65Yellow-Spotted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia pectoralis)
66Dark Whiteface (Leucorrhinia albifrons)
67Lilypad Whiteface (Leucorrhinia caudalis)
68Black Darter (Sympetrum danae)
69Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum)
70Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)
71Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum)
72Yellow-Winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum)
73Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)
74Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)
75Moustached Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum)
76Southern Darter (Sympetrum meridionale)
77Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea)