Checklist Portugal: mainland; English common names

Below is a checklist of the 65 dragonfly and damselfly species for the area Portugal: mainland. 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 Portugal: mainland 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
1Western Demoiselle (Calopteryx xanthostoma)
2Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo)
3Copper Demoiselle (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis)
4Common Spreadwing (Lestes sponsa)
5Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas)
6Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus)
7Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens)
8Dark Spreadwing (Lestes macrostigma)
9Western Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes viridis)
10Common Winter Damsel (Sympecma fusca)
11Iberian Bluetail (Ischnura graellsii)
12Small Bluetail (Ischnura pumilio)
13Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum)
14Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum)
15Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella)
16Mercury Bluet (Coenagrion mercuriale)
17Dainty Bluet (Coenagrion scitulum)
18Mediterranean Bluet (Coenagrion caerulescens)
19Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum)
20Blue-Eye (Erythromma lindenii)
21Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)
22Small Red Damsel (Ceriagrion tenellum)
23Orange Featherleg (Platycnemis acutipennis)
24White Featherleg (Platycnemis latipes)
25Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)
26Blue-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna affinis)
27Green-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles)
28Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)
29Moorland Hawker (Aeshna juncea)
30Blue Emperor (Anax imperator)
31Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope)
32Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger)
33Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense)
34Western Spectre (Boyeria irene)
35Pronged Clubtail (Gomphus graslinii)
36Yellow Clubtail (Gomphus simillimus)
37Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus)
38Large Pincertail (Onychogomphus uncatus)
39Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus)
40Faded Pincertail (Onychogomphus costae)
41Green Hooktail (Paragomphus genei)
42Common Goldenring (Cordulegaster boltonii)
43Orange-Spotted Emerald (Oxygastra curtisii)
44Splendid Cruiser (Macromia splendens)
45Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)
46Broad-Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa)
47Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva)
48Black-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum)
49Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens)
50Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum)
51Yellow-Veined Skimmer (Orthetrum nitidinerve)
52Epaulet Skimmer (Orthetrum chrysostigma)
53Long Skimmer (Orthetrum trinacria)
54Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)
55Yellow-Winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum)
56Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)
57Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)
58Southern Darter (Sympetrum meridionale)
59Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea)
60Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata)
61Orange-Winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi)
62Northern Banded Groundling (Brachythemis impartita)
63Black Percher (Diplacodes lefebvrii)
64Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra)
65Ringed Cascader (Zygonyx torridus)