Checklist for the Netherlands; English common names

Below is a checklist of the 71 dragonfly and damselfly species for the area Netherlands. 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 Dutch 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 Netherlands 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)
5Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus)
6Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens)
7Western Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes viridis)
8Common Winter Damsel (Sympecma fusca)
9Siberian Winter Damsel (Sympecma paedisca)
10Common Bluetail (Ischnura elegans)
11Small Bluetail (Ischnura pumilio)
12Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum)
13Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum)
14Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella)
15Mercury Bluet (Coenagrion mercuriale)
16Dainty Bluet (Coenagrion scitulum)
17Spearhead Bluet (Coenagrion hastulatum)
18Crescent Bluet (Coenagrion lunulatum)
19Dark Bluet (Coenagrion armatum)
20Large Redeye (Erythromma najas)
21Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum)
22Blue-Eye (Erythromma lindenii)
23Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)
24Small Red Damsel (Ceriagrion tenellum)
25Sedgling (Nehalennia speciosa)
26Blue Featherleg (Platycnemis pennipes)
27Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)
28Blue-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna affinis)
29Green-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles)
30Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)
31Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)
32Green Hawker (Aeshna viridis)
33Moorland Hawker (Aeshna juncea)
34Bog Hawker (Aeshna subarctica)
35Blue Emperor (Anax imperator)
36Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope)
37Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger)
38Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense)
39Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus)
40Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus)
41River Clubtail (Gomphus flavipes)
42Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia)
43Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus)
44Common Goldenring (Cordulegaster boltonii)
45Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea)
46Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica)
47Yellow-Spotted Emerald (Somatochlora flavomaculata)
48Northern Emerald (Somatochlora arctica)
49Eurasian Baskettail (Epitheca bimaculata)
50Orange-Spotted Emerald (Oxygastra curtisii)
51Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)
52Broad-Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa)
53Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva)
54Black-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum)
55Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens)
56Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum)
57Small Whiteface (Leucorrhinia dubia)
58Ruby Whiteface (Leucorrhinia rubicunda)
59Yellow-Spotted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia pectoralis)
60Dark Whiteface (Leucorrhinia albifrons)
61Lilypad Whiteface (Leucorrhinia caudalis)
62Black Darter (Sympetrum danae)
63Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum)
64Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)
65Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum)
66Yellow-Winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum)
67Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)
68Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)
69Moustached Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum)
70Southern Darter (Sympetrum meridionale)
71Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea)