Checklist for the United Kingdom: Northern Ireland; English common names

Below is a checklist of the 22 dragonfly and damselfly species for the area United Kingdom: Northern Ireland. 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: Northern Ireland 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)
2Common Spreadwing (Lestes sponsa)
3Common Bluetail (Ischnura elegans)
4Small Bluetail (Ischnura pumilio)
5Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum)
6Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum)
7Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella)
8Crescent Bluet (Coenagrion lunulatum)
9Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)
10Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)
11Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)
12Moorland Hawker (Aeshna juncea)
13Blue Emperor (Anax imperator)
14Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope)
15Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense)
16Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)
17Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens)
18Black Darter (Sympetrum danae)
19Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)
20Yellow-Winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum)
21Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)
22Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)