Checklist Italy: mainland; English common names

Below is a checklist of the 90 dragonfly and damselfly species for the area Italy: mainland. It's based on Dijkstra, Schröter & Lewington's Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Britain and Europe (2020), 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 Italian common names or 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 Italy: mainland 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
1Common Spreadwing (Lestes sponsa) Preview
2Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) Preview
3Dark Spreadwing (Lestes macrostigma) Preview
4Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) Preview
5Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) Preview
6Western Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes viridis) Preview
7Eastern Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes parvidens) Preview
8Common Winter Damsel (Sympecma fusca) Preview
9Siberian Winter Damsel (Sympecma paedisca) Preview
10Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) Preview
11Western Demoiselle (Calopteryx xanthostoma) Preview
12Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) Preview
13Copper Demoiselle (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) Preview
14Blue Featherleg (Platycnemis pennipes) Preview
15Common Bluetail (Ischnura elegans) Preview
16Island Bluetail (Ischnura genei) Preview
17Small Bluetail (Ischnura pumilio) Preview
18Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum) Preview
19Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum) Preview
20Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella) Preview
21Mercury Bluet (Coenagrion mercuriale) Preview
22Ornate Bluet (Coenagrion ornatum) Preview
23Dainty Bluet (Coenagrion scitulum) Preview
24Mediterranean Bluet (Coenagrion caerulescens) Preview
25Spearhead Bluet (Coenagrion hastulatum) Preview
26Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) Preview
27Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) Preview
28Blue-Eye (Erythromma lindenii) Preview
29Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Preview
30Small Red Damsel (Ceriagrion tenellum) Preview
31Sedgling (Nehalennia speciosa) Preview
32Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) Preview
33Blue-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna affinis) Preview
34Green-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles) Preview
35Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis) Preview
36Azure Hawker (Aeshna caerulea) Preview
37Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) Preview
38Moorland Hawker (Aeshna juncea) Preview
39Bog Hawker (Aeshna subarctica) Preview
40Blue Emperor (Anax imperator) Preview
41Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) Preview
42Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger) Preview
43Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense) Preview
44Western Spectre (Boyeria irene) Preview
45Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus) Preview
46Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) Preview
47River Clubtail (Stylurus flavipes) Preview
48Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia) Preview
49Large Pincertail (Onychogomphus uncatus) Preview
50Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus) Preview
51Green Hooktail (Paragomphus genei) Preview
52Bladetail (Lindenia tetraphylla) Preview
53Common Goldenring (Cordulegaster boltonii) Preview
54Italian Goldenring (Cordulegaster trinacriae) Preview
55Balkan Goldenring (Cordulegaster heros) Preview
56Sombre Goldenring (Cordulegaster bidentata) Preview
57Orange-Spotted Emerald (Oxygastra curtisii) Preview
58Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) Preview
59Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) Preview
60Balkan Emerald (Somatochlora meridionalis) Preview
61Yellow-Spotted Emerald (Somatochlora flavomaculata) Preview
62Northern Emerald (Somatochlora arctica) Preview
63Alpine Emerald (Somatochlora alpestris) Preview
64Eurasian Baskettail (Epitheca bimaculata) Preview
65Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) Preview
66Broad-Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) Preview
67Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) Preview
68Black-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) Preview
69White-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum albistylum) Preview
70Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) Preview
71Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum) Preview
72Yellow-Veined Skimmer (Orthetrum nitidinerve) Preview
73Long Skimmer (Orthetrum trinacria) Preview
74Small Whiteface (Leucorrhinia dubia) Preview
75Yellow-Spotted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia pectoralis) Preview
76Black Darter (Sympetrum danae) Preview
77Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) Preview
78Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) Preview
79Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) Preview
80Yellow-Winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum) Preview
81Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) Preview
82Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) Preview
83Moustached Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum) Preview
84Southern Darter (Sympetrum meridionale) Preview
85Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) Preview
86Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata) Preview
87Northern Banded Groundling (Brachythemis impartita) Preview
88Black Percher (Diplacodes lefebvrii) Preview
89Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) Preview
90Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) Preview