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 alphabetically on the species' scientific names. 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 as per our overall checklist, 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
1Aeshna affinis Vander Linden, 1820
2Aeshna cyanea (Müller, 1764)
3Aeshna grandis (Linnaeus, 1758)
4Aeshna isoceles (Müller, 1767)
5Aeshna juncea (Linnaeus, 1758)
6Aeshna mixta Latreille, 1805
7Aeshna subarctica Walker, 1908
8Aeshna viridis Eversmann, 1836
9Anax ephippiger (Burmeister, 1839)
10Anax imperator Leach, 1815
11Anax parthenope (Selys, 1839)
12Brachytron pratense (Müller, 1764)
13Calopteryx splendens (Harris, 1782)
14Calopteryx virgo (Linnaeus, 1758)
15Ceriagrion tenellum (de Villers, 1789)
16Chalcolestes viridis (Vander Linden, 1825)
17Coenagrion armatum (Charpentier, 1840)
18Coenagrion hastulatum (Charpentier, 1825)
19Coenagrion lunulatum (Charpentier, 1840)
20Coenagrion mercuriale (Charpentier, 1840)
21Coenagrion puella (Linnaeus, 1758)
22Coenagrion pulchellum (Vander Linden, 1825)
23Coenagrion scitulum (Rambur, 1842)
24Cordulegaster boltonii (Donovan, 1807)
25Cordulia aenea (Linnaeus, 1758)
26Crocothemis erythraea (Brullé, 1832)
27Enallagma cyathigerum (Charpentier, 1840)
28Epitheca bimaculata (Charpentier, 1825)
29Erythromma lindenii (Selys, 1840)
30Erythromma najas (Hansemann, 1823)
31Erythromma viridulum (Charpentier, 1840)
32Gomphus flavipes (Charpentier, 1825)
33Gomphus pulchellus Selys, 1840
34Gomphus vulgatissimus (Linnaeus, 1758)
35Ischnura elegans (Vander Linden, 1820)
36Ischnura pumilio (Charpentier, 1825)
37Lestes barbarus (Fabricius, 1798)
38Lestes dryas Kirby, 1890
39Lestes sponsa (Hansemann, 1823)
40Lestes virens (Charpentier, 1825)
41Leucorrhinia albifrons (Burmeister, 1839)
42Leucorrhinia caudalis (Charpentier, 1840)
43Leucorrhinia dubia (Vander Linden, 1825)
44Leucorrhinia pectoralis (Charpentier, 1825)
45Leucorrhinia rubicunda (Linnaeus, 1758)
46Libellula depressa Linnaeus, 1758
47Libellula fulva Müller, 1764
48Libellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus, 1758
49Nehalennia speciosa (Charpentier, 1840)
50Onychogomphus forcipatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
51Ophiogomphus cecilia (Geoffroy in Fourcroy, 1785)
52Orthetrum brunneum (Fonscolombe, 1837)
53Orthetrum cancellatum (Linnaeus, 1758)
54Orthetrum coerulescens (Fabricius, 1798)
55Oxygastra curtisii (Dale, 1834)
56Platycnemis pennipes (Pallas, 1771)
57Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Sulzer, 1776)
58Somatochlora arctica (Zetterstedt, 1840)
59Somatochlora flavomaculata (Vander Linden, 1825)
60Somatochlora metallica (Vander Linden, 1825)
61Sympecma fusca (Vander Linden, 1820)
62Sympecma paedisca (Brauer, 1877)
63Sympetrum danae (Sulzer, 1776)
64Sympetrum depressiusculum (Selys, 1841)
65Sympetrum flaveolum (Linnaeus, 1758)
66Sympetrum fonscolombii (Selys, 1840)
67Sympetrum meridionale (Selys, 1841)
68Sympetrum pedemontanum (Müller in Allioni, 1766)
69Sympetrum sanguineum (Müller, 1764)
70Sympetrum striolatum (Charpentier, 1840)
71Sympetrum vulgatum (Linnaeus, 1758)