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Checklist Italy: mainland; Italian common names

Below is a checklist of the dragonfly and damselfly species for the area Italy: mainland. 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 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 Italian 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.

#Italian common name
1Splendente comune (Calopteryx splendens)
2Splendente ligure (Calopteryx xanthostoma)
3Splendente di fonte (Calopteryx virgo)
4Splendente culviola (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis)
5Verdina boreale (Lestes sponsa)
6Verdina robusta (Lestes dryas)
7Verdina barbara (Lestes barbarus)
8Verdina minore (Lestes virens)
9Verdina delle saline (Lestes macrostigma)
10Verdina maggiore (Chalcolestes viridis)
11Verdina orientale (Chalcolestes parvidens)
12Invernina comune (Sympecma fusca)
13Invernina delle brughiere (Sympecma paedisca)
14Codazzurra comune (Ischnura elegans)
15Codazzurra insulare (Ischnura genei)
16Codazzurra minore (Ischnura pumilio)
17Azzurrina portacalice (Enallagma cyathigerum)
18Azzurrina variabile (Coenagrion pulchellum)
19Azzurrina comune (Coenagrion puella)
20Azzurrina di Mercurio (Coenagrion mercuriale)
21Azzurrina balcanica (Coenagrion ornatum)
22Azzurrina delicata (Coenagrion scitulum)
23Azzurrina mediterranea (Coenagrion caerulescens)
24Azzurrina alpina (Coenagrion hastulatum)
25Occhirossi maggiore (Erythromma najas)
26Occhirossi minore (Erythromma viridulum)
27Occhirossi dubbia (Erythromma lindenii)
28Scintilla zampenere (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)
29Scintilla zamperosse (Ceriagrion tenellum)
30Codazzurra pigmea (Nehalennia speciosa)
31Zampalarga comune (Platycnemis pennipes)
32Platycnemis latipes
33Dragone autunnale (Aeshna mixta)
34Dragone occhiblu (Aeshna affinis)
35Dragone occhiverdi (Aeshna isoceles)
36Dragone bruno (Aeshna grandis)
37Dragone azzurro (Aeshna caerulea)
38Dragone verdeazzurro (Aeshna cyanea)
39Dragone alpino (Aeshna juncea)
40Dragone artico (Aeshna subarctica)
41Imperatore comune (Anax imperator)
42Imperatore minore (Anax parthenope)
43Imperatore migrante (Anax ephippiger)
44Dragone peloso (Brachytron pratense)
45Dragone spettro (Boyeria irene)
46Gonfo comune (Gomphus vulgatissimus)
47Gonfo d'Oltralpe (Gomphus pulchellus)
48Gonfo zampegialle (Gomphus flavipes)
49Gonfo serpentino (Ophiogomphus cecilia)
50Gonfo pinzato (Onychogomphus uncatus)
51Gonfo forcipato (Onychogomphus forcipatus)
52Gonfo uncinato (Paragomphus genei)
53Lindenia (Lindenia tetraphylla)
54Guardaruscello comune (Cordulegaster boltonii)
55Guardaruscello meridionale (Cordulegaster trinacriae)
56Guardaruscello balcanico (Cordulegaster heros)
57Guardaruscello collinare (Cordulegaster bidentata)
58Smeralda bronzea (Cordulia aenea)
59Smeralda metallica (Somatochlora metallica)
60Smeralda meridionale (Somatochlora meridionalis)
61Smeralda maculata (Somatochlora flavomaculata)
62Smeralda artica (Somatochlora arctica)
63Smeralda alpina (Somatochlora alpestris)
64Bimacchiata (Epitheca bimaculata)
65Smeralda di fiume (Oxygastra curtisii)
66Libellula quadrimacchiata (Libellula quadrimaculata)
67Libellula panciapiatta (Libellula depressa)
68Libellula frontenera (Libellula fulva)
69Frecciazzurra puntanera (Orthetrum cancellatum)
70Frecciazzurra puntabianca (Orthetrum albistylum)
71Frecciazzurra minore (Orthetrum coerulescens)
72Frecciazzurra celeste (Orthetrum brunneum)
73Frecciazzurra del deserto (Orthetrum nitidinerve)
74Frecciazzurra meridionale (Orthetrum trinacria)
75Frontebianca comune (Leucorrhinia dubia)
76Frontebianca maggiore (Leucorrhinia pectoralis)
77Cardinale nero (Sympetrum danae)
78Cardinale alifasciate (Sympetrum pedemontanum)
79Cardinale sanguineo (Sympetrum sanguineum)
80Cardinale padano (Sympetrum depressiusculum)
81Cardinale dorato (Sympetrum flaveolum)
82Cardinale venerosse (Sympetrum fonscolombii)
83Cardinale striato (Sympetrum striolatum)
84Cardinale boreale (Sympetrum vulgatum)
85Cardinale meridionale (Sympetrum meridionale)
86Frecciarossa (Crocothemis erythraea)
87Obelisco violetto (Trithemis annulata)
88Diplacodes lefebvrii
89Freccianera (Selysiothemis nigra)