Checklist Ireland; English common names

Below is a checklist of the 32 dragonfly and damselfly species for the area 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 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)
2Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo)
3Common Spreadwing (Lestes sponsa)
4Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas)
5Common Bluetail (Ischnura elegans)
6Small Bluetail (Ischnura pumilio)
7Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum)
8Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum)
9Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella)
10Crescent Bluet (Coenagrion lunulatum)
11Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)
12Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)
13Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)
14Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)
15Moorland Hawker (Aeshna juncea)
16Blue Emperor (Anax imperator)
17Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope)
18Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger)
19Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense)
20Common Goldenring (Cordulegaster boltonii)
21Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea)
22Northern Emerald (Somatochlora arctica)
23Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)
24Broad-Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa)
25Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva)
26Black-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum)
27Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens)
28Black Darter (Sympetrum danae)
29Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)
30Yellow-Winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum)
31Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)
32Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)