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Checklist Italy: mainland; scientific 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 Italian common names or 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 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 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)
2Calopteryx xanthostoma (Charpentier, 1825)
3Calopteryx virgo (Linnaeus, 1758)
4Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis (Vander Linden, 1825)
5Lestes sponsa (Hansemann, 1823)
6Lestes dryas Kirby, 1890
7Lestes barbarus (Fabricius, 1798)
8Lestes virens (Charpentier, 1825)
9Lestes macrostigma (Eversmann, 1836)
10Chalcolestes viridis (Vander Linden, 1825)
11Chalcolestes parvidens (Artobolevskii, 1929)
12Sympecma fusca (Vander Linden, 1820)
13Sympecma paedisca (Brauer, 1877)
14Ischnura elegans (Vander Linden, 1820)
15Ischnura genei (Rambur, 1842)
16Ischnura pumilio (Charpentier, 1825)
17Enallagma cyathigerum (Charpentier, 1840)
18Coenagrion pulchellum (Vander Linden, 1825)
19Coenagrion puella (Linnaeus, 1758)
20Coenagrion mercuriale (Charpentier, 1840)
21Coenagrion ornatum (Selys, 1850)
22Coenagrion scitulum (Rambur, 1842)
23Coenagrion caerulescens (Fonscolombe, 1838)
24Coenagrion hastulatum (Charpentier, 1825)
25Erythromma najas (Hansemann, 1823)
26Erythromma viridulum (Charpentier, 1840)
27Erythromma lindenii (Selys, 1840)
28Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Sulzer, 1776)
29Ceriagrion tenellum (de Villers, 1789)
30Nehalennia speciosa (Charpentier, 1840)
31Platycnemis pennipes (Pallas, 1771)
32Aeshna mixta Latreille, 1805
33Aeshna affinis Vander Linden, 1820
34Aeshna isoceles (Müller, 1767)
35Aeshna grandis (Linnaeus, 1758)
36Aeshna caerulea (Ström, 1783)
37Aeshna cyanea (Müller, 1764)
38Aeshna juncea (Linnaeus, 1758)
39Aeshna subarctica Walker, 1908
40Anax imperator Leach, 1815
41Anax parthenope (Selys, 1839)
42Anax ephippiger (Burmeister, 1839)
43Brachytron pratense (Müller, 1764)
44Boyeria irene (Fonscolombe, 1838)
45Gomphus vulgatissimus (Linnaeus, 1758)
46Gomphus pulchellus Selys, 1840
47Gomphus flavipes (Charpentier, 1825)
48Ophiogomphus cecilia (Geoffroy in Fourcroy, 1785)
49Onychogomphus uncatus (Charpentier, 1840)
50Onychogomphus forcipatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
51Paragomphus genei (Selys, 1841)
52Lindenia tetraphylla (Vander Linden, 1825)
53Cordulegaster boltonii (Donovan, 1807)
54Cordulegaster trinacriae Waterston, 1976
55Cordulegaster heros Theischinger, 1979
56Cordulegaster bidentata Selys, 1843
57Cordulia aenea (Linnaeus, 1758)
58Somatochlora metallica (Vander Linden, 1825)
59Somatochlora meridionalis Nielsen, 1935
60Somatochlora flavomaculata (Vander Linden, 1825)
61Somatochlora arctica (Zetterstedt, 1840)
62Somatochlora alpestris (Selys, 1840)
63Epitheca bimaculata (Charpentier, 1825)
64Oxygastra curtisii (Dale, 1834)
65Libellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus, 1758
66Libellula depressa Linnaeus, 1758
67Libellula fulva Müller, 1764
68Orthetrum cancellatum (Linnaeus, 1758)
69Orthetrum albistylum (Selys, 1848)
70Orthetrum coerulescens (Fabricius, 1798)
71Orthetrum brunneum (Fonscolombe, 1837)
72Orthetrum nitidinerve (Selys, 1841)
73Orthetrum trinacria (Selys, 1841)
74Leucorrhinia dubia (Vander Linden, 1825)
75Leucorrhinia pectoralis (Charpentier, 1825)
76Sympetrum danae (Sulzer, 1776)
77Sympetrum pedemontanum (Müller in Allioni, 1766)
78Sympetrum sanguineum (Müller, 1764)
79Sympetrum depressiusculum (Selys, 1841)
80Sympetrum flaveolum (Linnaeus, 1758)
81Sympetrum fonscolombii (Selys, 1840)
82Sympetrum striolatum (Charpentier, 1840)
83Sympetrum vulgatum (Linnaeus, 1758)
84Sympetrum meridionale (Selys, 1841)
85Crocothemis erythraea (Brullé, 1832)
86Trithemis annulata (Palisot de Beauvois, 1807)
87Brachythemis impartita (Burmeister, 1839)
88Diplacodes lefebvrii (Rambur, 1842)
89Selysiothemis nigra (Vander Linden, 1825)