Checklist for the United Kingdom: Northern Ireland; scientific 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 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: 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 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.

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

#Scientific name
1Calopteryx splendens (Harris, 1782)
2Lestes sponsa (Hansemann, 1823)
3Ischnura elegans (Vander Linden, 1820)
4Ischnura pumilio (Charpentier, 1825)
5Enallagma cyathigerum (Charpentier, 1840)
6Coenagrion pulchellum (Vander Linden, 1825)
7Coenagrion puella (Linnaeus, 1758)
8Coenagrion lunulatum (Charpentier, 1840)
9Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Sulzer, 1776)
10Aeshna mixta Latreille, 1805
11Aeshna grandis (Linnaeus, 1758)
12Aeshna juncea (Linnaeus, 1758)
13Anax imperator Leach, 1815
14Anax parthenope (Selys, 1839)
15Brachytron pratense (Müller, 1764)
16Libellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus, 1758
17Orthetrum coerulescens (Fabricius, 1798)
18Sympetrum danae (Sulzer, 1776)
19Sympetrum sanguineum (Müller, 1764)
20Sympetrum flaveolum (Linnaeus, 1758)
21Sympetrum fonscolombii (Selys, 1840)
22Sympetrum striolatum (Charpentier, 1840)