Checklist Latvia; English common names

Below is a checklist of the 60 dragonfly and damselfly species for the area Latvia. 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 Latvia 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)
5Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens)
6Siberian Winter Damsel (Sympecma paedisca)
7Common Bluetail (Ischnura elegans)
8Small Bluetail (Ischnura pumilio)
9Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum)
10Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum)
11Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella)
12Spearhead Bluet (Coenagrion hastulatum)
13Crescent Bluet (Coenagrion lunulatum)
14Arctic Bluet (Coenagrion johanssoni)
15Dark Bluet (Coenagrion armatum)
16Large Redeye (Erythromma najas)
17Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum)
18Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)
19Sedgling (Nehalennia speciosa)
20Blue Featherleg (Platycnemis pennipes)
21Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)
22Green-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles)
23Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)
24Azure Hawker (Aeshna caerulea)
25Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)
26Green Hawker (Aeshna viridis)
27Moorland Hawker (Aeshna juncea)
28Bog Hawker (Aeshna subarctica)
29Siberian Hawker (Aeshna crenata)
30Blue Emperor (Anax imperator)
31Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope)
32Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger)
33Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense)
34Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus)
35River Clubtail (Gomphus flavipes)
36Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia)
37Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus)
38Common Goldenring (Cordulegaster boltonii)
39Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea)
40Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica)
41Yellow-Spotted Emerald (Somatochlora flavomaculata)
42Northern Emerald (Somatochlora arctica)
43Eurasian Baskettail (Epitheca bimaculata)
44Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)
45Broad-Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa)
46Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva)
47Black-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum)
48Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum)
49Small Whiteface (Leucorrhinia dubia)
50Ruby Whiteface (Leucorrhinia rubicunda)
51Yellow-Spotted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia pectoralis)
52Dark Whiteface (Leucorrhinia albifrons)
53Lilypad Whiteface (Leucorrhinia caudalis)
54Black Darter (Sympetrum danae)
55Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum)
56Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)
57Yellow-Winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum)
58Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)
59Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)
60Moustached Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum)