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Checklist Italy: mainland; Italian common names

Below is a checklist of the 89 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)
32Dragone autunnale (Aeshna mixta)
33Dragone occhiblu (Aeshna affinis)
34Dragone occhiverdi (Aeshna isoceles)
35Dragone bruno (Aeshna grandis)
36Dragone azzurro (Aeshna caerulea)
37Dragone verdeazzurro (Aeshna cyanea)
38Dragone alpino (Aeshna juncea)
39Dragone artico (Aeshna subarctica)
40Imperatore comune (Anax imperator)
41Imperatore minore (Anax parthenope)
42Imperatore migrante (Anax ephippiger)
43Dragone peloso (Brachytron pratense)
44Dragone spettro (Boyeria irene)
45Gonfo comune (Gomphus vulgatissimus)
46Gonfo d'Oltralpe (Gomphus pulchellus)
47Gonfo zampegialle (Gomphus flavipes)
48Gonfo serpentino (Ophiogomphus cecilia)
49Gonfo pinzato (Onychogomphus uncatus)
50Gonfo forcipato (Onychogomphus forcipatus)
51Gonfo uncinato (Paragomphus genei)
52Lindenia (Lindenia tetraphylla)
53Guardaruscello comune (Cordulegaster boltonii)
54Guardaruscello meridionale (Cordulegaster trinacriae)
55Guardaruscello balcanico (Cordulegaster heros)
56Guardaruscello collinare (Cordulegaster bidentata)
57Smeralda bronzea (Cordulia aenea)
58Smeralda metallica (Somatochlora metallica)
59Smeralda meridionale (Somatochlora meridionalis)
60Smeralda maculata (Somatochlora flavomaculata)
61Smeralda artica (Somatochlora arctica)
62Smeralda alpina (Somatochlora alpestris)
63Bimacchiata (Epitheca bimaculata)
64Smeralda di fiume (Oxygastra curtisii)
65Libellula quadrimacchiata (Libellula quadrimaculata)
66Libellula panciapiatta (Libellula depressa)
67Libellula frontenera (Libellula fulva)
68Frecciazzurra puntanera (Orthetrum cancellatum)
69Frecciazzurra puntabianca (Orthetrum albistylum)
70Frecciazzurra minore (Orthetrum coerulescens)
71Frecciazzurra celeste (Orthetrum brunneum)
72Frecciazzurra del deserto (Orthetrum nitidinerve)
73Frecciazzurra meridionale (Orthetrum trinacria)
74Frontebianca comune (Leucorrhinia dubia)
75Frontebianca maggiore (Leucorrhinia pectoralis)
76Cardinale nero (Sympetrum danae)
77Cardinale alifasciate (Sympetrum pedemontanum)
78Cardinale sanguineo (Sympetrum sanguineum)
79Cardinale padano (Sympetrum depressiusculum)
80Cardinale dorato (Sympetrum flaveolum)
81Cardinale venerosse (Sympetrum fonscolombii)
82Cardinale striato (Sympetrum striolatum)
83Cardinale boreale (Sympetrum vulgatum)
84Cardinale meridionale (Sympetrum meridionale)
85Frecciarossa (Crocothemis erythraea)
86Obelisco violetto (Trithemis annulata)
87Frecciamora fasciata (Brachythemis impartita)
88Freccia carbone (Diplacodes lefebvrii)
89Freccianera (Selysiothemis nigra)