Checklist for the United Kingdom: Great Britain; scientific 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 English common 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 species' scientific 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.

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#Scientific name
1Calopteryx splendens (Harris, 1782)
2Calopteryx virgo (Linnaeus, 1758)
3Lestes sponsa (Hansemann, 1823)
4Lestes dryas Kirby, 1890
5Lestes barbarus (Fabricius, 1798)
6Lestes virens (Charpentier, 1825)
7Chalcolestes viridis (Vander Linden, 1825)
8Sympecma fusca (Vander Linden, 1820)
9Ischnura elegans (Vander Linden, 1820)
10Ischnura pumilio (Charpentier, 1825)
11Enallagma cyathigerum (Charpentier, 1840)
12Coenagrion pulchellum (Vander Linden, 1825)
13Coenagrion puella (Linnaeus, 1758)
14Coenagrion mercuriale (Charpentier, 1840)
15Coenagrion scitulum (Rambur, 1842)
16Coenagrion hastulatum (Charpentier, 1825)
17Coenagrion armatum (Charpentier, 1840)
18Erythromma najas (Hansemann, 1823)
19Erythromma viridulum (Charpentier, 1840)
20Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Sulzer, 1776)
21Ceriagrion tenellum (de Villers, 1789)
22Platycnemis pennipes (Pallas, 1771)
23Aeshna mixta Latreille, 1805
24Aeshna affinis Vander Linden, 1820
25Aeshna isoceles (Müller, 1767)
26Aeshna grandis (Linnaeus, 1758)
27Aeshna caerulea (Ström, 1783)
28Aeshna cyanea (Müller, 1764)
29Aeshna juncea (Linnaeus, 1758)
30Anax imperator Leach, 1815
31Anax parthenope (Selys, 1839)
32Anax ephippiger (Burmeister, 1839)
33Brachytron pratense (Müller, 1764)
34Gomphus vulgatissimus (Linnaeus, 1758)
35Gomphus flavipes (Charpentier, 1825)
36Cordulegaster boltonii (Donovan, 1807)
37Cordulia aenea (Linnaeus, 1758)
38Somatochlora metallica (Vander Linden, 1825)
39Somatochlora arctica (Zetterstedt, 1840)
40Oxygastra curtisii (Dale, 1834)
41Libellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus, 1758
42Libellula depressa Linnaeus, 1758
43Libellula fulva Müller, 1764
44Orthetrum cancellatum (Linnaeus, 1758)
45Orthetrum coerulescens (Fabricius, 1798)
46Leucorrhinia dubia (Vander Linden, 1825)
47Sympetrum danae (Sulzer, 1776)
48Sympetrum pedemontanum (Müller in Allioni, 1766)
49Sympetrum sanguineum (Müller, 1764)
50Sympetrum flaveolum (Linnaeus, 1758)
51Sympetrum fonscolombii (Selys, 1840)
52Sympetrum striolatum (Charpentier, 1840)
53Sympetrum vulgatum (Linnaeus, 1758)
54Crocothemis erythraea (Brullé, 1832)