Checklist Spain; English common names

Below is a checklist of the 79 dragonfly and damselfly species for the area Spain. 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 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 Spain 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
1Western Demoiselle (Calopteryx xanthostoma)
2Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo)
3Copper Demoiselle (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis)
4Common Spreadwing (Lestes sponsa)
5Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas)
6Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus)
7Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens)
8Dark Spreadwing (Lestes macrostigma)
9Western Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes viridis)
10Common Winter Damsel (Sympecma fusca)
11Common Bluetail (Ischnura elegans)
12Iberian Bluetail (Ischnura graellsii)
13Small Bluetail (Ischnura pumilio)
14Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum)
15Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum)
16Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella)
17Mercury Bluet (Coenagrion mercuriale)
18Dainty Bluet (Coenagrion scitulum)
19Mediterranean Bluet (Coenagrion caerulescens)
20Spearhead Bluet (Coenagrion hastulatum)
21Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum)
22Blue-Eye (Erythromma lindenii)
23Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)
24Small Red Damsel (Ceriagrion tenellum)
25Blue Featherleg (Platycnemis pennipes)
26Orange Featherleg (Platycnemis acutipennis)
27White Featherleg (Platycnemis latipes)
28Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)
29Blue-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna affinis)
30Green-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles)
31Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)
32Moorland Hawker (Aeshna juncea)
33Blue Emperor (Anax imperator)
34Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope)
35Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger)
36Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense)
37Western Spectre (Boyeria irene)
38Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus)
39Pronged Clubtail (Gomphus graslinii)
40Yellow Clubtail (Gomphus simillimus)
41Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus)
42Large Pincertail (Onychogomphus uncatus)
43Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus)
44Faded Pincertail (Onychogomphus costae)
45Green Hooktail (Paragomphus genei)
46Bladetail (Lindenia tetraphylla)
47Common Goldenring (Cordulegaster boltonii)
48Sombre Goldenring (Cordulegaster bidentata)
49Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea)
50Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica)
51Orange-Spotted Emerald (Oxygastra curtisii)
52Splendid Cruiser (Macromia splendens)
53Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)
54Broad-Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa)
55Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva)
56Black-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum)
57White-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum albistylum)
58Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens)
59Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum)
60Yellow-Veined Skimmer (Orthetrum nitidinerve)
61Epaulet Skimmer (Orthetrum chrysostigma)
62Long Skimmer (Orthetrum trinacria)
63Small Whiteface (Leucorrhinia dubia)
64Yellow-Spotted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia pectoralis)
65Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum)
66Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)
67Yellow-Winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum)
68Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)
69Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)
70Moustached Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum)
71Southern Darter (Sympetrum meridionale)
72Desert Darter (Sympetrum sinaiticum)
73Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea)
74Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata)
75Orange-Winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi)
76Northern Banded Groundling (Brachythemis impartita)
77Black Percher (Diplacodes lefebvrii)
78Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra)
79Ringed Cascader (Zygonyx torridus)