Checklist for the Netherlands; scientific 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 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 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 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 virgo (Linnaeus, 1758)
3Lestes sponsa (Hansemann, 1823)
4Lestes dryas Kirby, 1890
5Lestes barbarus (Fabricius, 1798)
6Lestes virens (Charpentier, 1825)
7Chalcolestes viridis (Vander Linden, 1825)
8Sympecma fusca (Vander Linden, 1820)
9Sympecma paedisca (Brauer, 1877)
10Ischnura elegans (Vander Linden, 1820)
11Ischnura pumilio (Charpentier, 1825)
12Enallagma cyathigerum (Charpentier, 1840)
13Coenagrion pulchellum (Vander Linden, 1825)
14Coenagrion puella (Linnaeus, 1758)
15Coenagrion mercuriale (Charpentier, 1840)
16Coenagrion scitulum (Rambur, 1842)
17Coenagrion hastulatum (Charpentier, 1825)
18Coenagrion lunulatum (Charpentier, 1840)
19Coenagrion armatum (Charpentier, 1840)
20Erythromma najas (Hansemann, 1823)
21Erythromma viridulum (Charpentier, 1840)
22Erythromma lindenii (Selys, 1840)
23Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Sulzer, 1776)
24Ceriagrion tenellum (de Villers, 1789)
25Nehalennia speciosa (Charpentier, 1840)
26Platycnemis pennipes (Pallas, 1771)
27Aeshna mixta Latreille, 1805
28Aeshna affinis Vander Linden, 1820
29Aeshna isoceles (Müller, 1767)
30Aeshna grandis (Linnaeus, 1758)
31Aeshna cyanea (Müller, 1764)
32Aeshna viridis Eversmann, 1836
33Aeshna juncea (Linnaeus, 1758)
34Aeshna subarctica Walker, 1908
35Anax imperator Leach, 1815
36Anax parthenope (Selys, 1839)
37Anax ephippiger (Burmeister, 1839)
38Brachytron pratense (Müller, 1764)
39Gomphus vulgatissimus (Linnaeus, 1758)
40Gomphus pulchellus Selys, 1840
41Gomphus flavipes (Charpentier, 1825)
42Ophiogomphus cecilia (Geoffroy in Fourcroy, 1785)
43Onychogomphus forcipatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
44Cordulegaster boltonii (Donovan, 1807)
45Cordulia aenea (Linnaeus, 1758)
46Somatochlora metallica (Vander Linden, 1825)
47Somatochlora flavomaculata (Vander Linden, 1825)
48Somatochlora arctica (Zetterstedt, 1840)
49Epitheca bimaculata (Charpentier, 1825)
50Oxygastra curtisii (Dale, 1834)
51Libellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus, 1758
52Libellula depressa Linnaeus, 1758
53Libellula fulva Müller, 1764
54Orthetrum cancellatum (Linnaeus, 1758)
55Orthetrum coerulescens (Fabricius, 1798)
56Orthetrum brunneum (Fonscolombe, 1837)
57Leucorrhinia dubia (Vander Linden, 1825)
58Leucorrhinia rubicunda (Linnaeus, 1758)
59Leucorrhinia pectoralis (Charpentier, 1825)
60Leucorrhinia albifrons (Burmeister, 1839)
61Leucorrhinia caudalis (Charpentier, 1840)
62Sympetrum danae (Sulzer, 1776)
63Sympetrum pedemontanum (Müller in Allioni, 1766)
64Sympetrum sanguineum (Müller, 1764)
65Sympetrum depressiusculum (Selys, 1841)
66Sympetrum flaveolum (Linnaeus, 1758)
67Sympetrum fonscolombii (Selys, 1840)
68Sympetrum striolatum (Charpentier, 1840)
69Sympetrum vulgatum (Linnaeus, 1758)
70Sympetrum meridionale (Selys, 1841)
71Crocothemis erythraea (Brullé, 1832)