Checklist Malta; English common names

Below is a checklist of the 19 dragonfly and damselfly species for the area Malta. 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 Malta 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
1Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo)
2Copper Demoiselle (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis)
3Island Bluetail (Ischnura genei)
4Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)
5Blue Emperor (Anax imperator)
6Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope)
7Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger)
8Black-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum)
9Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens)
10Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum)
11Yellow-Veined Skimmer (Orthetrum nitidinerve)
12Epaulet Skimmer (Orthetrum chrysostigma)
13Long Skimmer (Orthetrum trinacria)
14Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)
15Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)
16Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea)
17Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata)
18Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra)
19Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens)