Checklist for the United Kingdom: Great Britain; English common names

Below is a checklist of the 54 dragonfly and damselfly species for the area United Kingdom: Great Britain. 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 United Kingdom: Great Britain 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)
9Common Bluetail (Ischnura elegans)
10Small Bluetail (Ischnura pumilio)
11Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum)
12Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum)
13Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella)
14Mercury Bluet (Coenagrion mercuriale)
15Dainty Bluet (Coenagrion scitulum)
16Spearhead Bluet (Coenagrion hastulatum)
17Dark Bluet (Coenagrion armatum)
18Large Redeye (Erythromma najas)
19Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum)
20Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)
21Small Red Damsel (Ceriagrion tenellum)
22Blue Featherleg (Platycnemis pennipes)
23Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)
24Blue-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna affinis)
25Green-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles)
26Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)
27Azure Hawker (Aeshna caerulea)
28Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)
29Moorland Hawker (Aeshna juncea)
30Blue Emperor (Anax imperator)
31Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope)
32Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger)
33Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense)
34Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus)
35River Clubtail (Gomphus flavipes)
36Common Goldenring (Cordulegaster boltonii)
37Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea)
38Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica)
39Northern Emerald (Somatochlora arctica)
40Orange-Spotted Emerald (Oxygastra curtisii)
41Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)
42Broad-Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa)
43Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva)
44Black-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum)
45Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens)
46Small Whiteface (Leucorrhinia dubia)
47Black Darter (Sympetrum danae)
48Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum)
49Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)
50Yellow-Winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum)
51Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)
52Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)
53Moustached Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum)
54Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea)