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Checklist, English common names

Below is a checklist of all the European dragonfly and damselfly species, with their English common names, if available. It's largely based on Dijkstra, Schröter and Lewington's excellent Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Britain and Europe, 2nd edition (2020). For a list of the species which we have excluded from our European checklist, please click here.


We now have photographs available of 133 of the 134 species listed below.


If you would like to see the checklist with the common names in a different language, click on the corresponding flag below. And you can also see the checklist with only the scientific names.

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#SuborderFamilyGenusSpeciesEnglish common name
1ZygopteraLestidaeLestesLestes sponsa (Hansemann, 1823) PreviewCommon Spreadwing
2   Lestes dryas Kirby, 1890 PreviewRobust Spreadwing
3   Lestes macrostigma (Eversmann, 1836) PreviewDark Spreadwing
4   Lestes barbarus (Fabricius, 1798) PreviewMigrant Spreadwing
5   Lestes virens (Charpentier, 1825) PreviewSmall Spreadwing
6  ChalcolestesChalcolestes viridis (Vander Linden, 1825) PreviewWestern Willow Spreadwing
7   Chalcolestes parvidens (Artobolevsky, 1929) PreviewEastern Willow Spreadwing
8  SympecmaSympecma fusca (Vander Linden, 1820) PreviewCommon Winter Damsel
9   Sympecma paedisca (Brauer, 1877) PreviewSiberian Winter Damsel
10 CalopterygidaeCalopteryxCalopteryx splendens (Harris, 1780) PreviewBanded Demoiselle
11   Calopteryx xanthostoma (Charpentier, 1825) PreviewWestern Demoiselle
12   Calopteryx virgo (Linnaeus, 1758) PreviewBeautiful Demoiselle
13   Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis (Vander Linden, 1825) PreviewCopper Demoiselle
14 EuphaeidaeEpallageEpallage fatime (Charpentier, 1840) PreviewOdalisque
15 PlatycnemididaePlatycnemisPlatycnemis pennipes (Pallas, 1771) PreviewBlue Featherleg
16   Platycnemis acutipennis Selys, 1841 PreviewOrange Featherleg
17   Platycnemis latipes Rambur, 1842 PreviewWhite Featherleg
18 CoenagrionidaeIschnuraIschnura elegans (Vander Linden, 1820) PreviewCommon Bluetail
19   Ischnura genei (Rambur, 1842) PreviewIsland Bluetail
20   Ischnura graellsii (Rambur, 1842) PreviewIberian Bluetail
21   Ischnura saharensis Aguesse, 1958 PreviewSahara Bluetail
22   Ischnura fountaineae Morton, 1905 PreviewOasis Bluetail
23   Ischnura senegalensis (Rambur, 1842) PreviewMarsh Bluetail
24   Ischnura pumilio (Charpentier, 1825) PreviewSmall Bluetail
25   Ischnura intermedia Dumont, 1974 PreviewPersian Bluetail
26   Ischnura hastata (Say, 1839) PreviewCitrine Forktail
27  EnallagmaEnallagma cyathigerum (Charpentier, 1840) PreviewCommon Bluet
28  CoenagrionCoenagrion pulchellum (Vander Linden, 1825) PreviewVariable Bluet
29   Coenagrion puella (Linnaeus, 1758) PreviewAzure Bluet
30   Coenagrion intermedium Lohmann, 1990 PreviewCretan Bluet
31   Coenagrion mercuriale (Charpentier, 1840) PreviewMercury Bluet
32   Coenagrion ornatum (Selys, 1850) PreviewOrnate Bluet
33   Coenagrion scitulum (Rambur, 1842) PreviewDainty Bluet
34   Coenagrion caerulescens (Fonscolombe, 1838) PreviewMediterranean Bluet
35   Coenagrion hastulatum (Charpentier, 1825) PreviewSpearhead Bluet
36   Coenagrion lunulatum (Charpentier, 1840) PreviewCrescent Bluet
37   Coenagrion hylas (Trybom, 1889) PreviewSiberian Bluet
38   Coenagrion johanssoni (Wallengren, 1894) PreviewArctic Bluet
39   Coenagrion armatum (Charpentier, 1840) PreviewDark Bluet
40  ErythrommaErythromma najas (Hansemann, 1823) PreviewLarge Redeye
41   Erythromma viridulum (Charpentier, 1840) PreviewSmall Redeye
42   Erythromma lindenii (Selys, 1840) PreviewBlue-Eye
43  PyrrhosomaPyrrhosoma nymphula (Sulzer, 1776) PreviewLarge Red Damsel
44   Pyrrhosoma elisabethae Schmidt, 1948 PreviewGreek Red Damsel
45  CeriagrionCeriagrion tenellum (de Villers, 1789) PreviewSmall Red Damsel
46   Ceriagrion georgifreyi Schmidt, 1953 PreviewTurkish Red Damsel
47  NehalenniaNehalennia speciosa (Charpentier, 1840) PreviewSedgling
48AnisopteraAeshnidaeAeshnaAeshna mixta Latreille, 1805 PreviewMigrant Hawker
49   Aeshna affinis Vander Linden, 1820 PreviewBlue-Eyed Hawker
50   Aeshna isoceles (Müller, 1767) PreviewGreen-Eyed Hawker
51   Aeshna grandis (Linnaeus, 1758) PreviewBrown Hawker
52   Aeshna caerulea (Ström, 1783) PreviewAzure Hawker
53   Aeshna cyanea (Müller, 1764) PreviewBlue Hawker
54   Aeshna viridis Eversmann, 1836 PreviewGreen Hawker
55   Aeshna juncea (Linnaeus, 1758) PreviewMoorland Hawker
56   Aeshna subarctica Walker, 1908 PreviewBog Hawker
57   Aeshna serrata Hagen, 1856 PreviewBaltic Hawker
58   Aeshna crenata Hagen, 1856 PreviewSiberian Hawker
59  AnaxAnax imperator Leach, 1815 PreviewBlue Emperor
60   Anax parthenope (Selys, 1839) PreviewLesser Emperor
61   Anax ephippiger (Burmeister, 1839) PreviewVagrant Emperor
62   Anax immaculifrons Rambur, 1842 PreviewMagnificent Emperor
63  BrachytronBrachytron pratense (Müller, 1764) PreviewHairy Hawker
64  BoyeriaBoyeria irene (Fonscolombe, 1838) PreviewWestern Spectre
65   Boyeria cretensis Peters, 1991 PreviewCretan Spectre
66  CaliaeschnaCaliaeschna microstigma (Schneider, 1845) PreviewEastern Spectre
67 GomphidaeGomphusGomphus vulgatissimus (Linnaeus, 1758) PreviewCommon Clubtail
68   Gomphus schneiderii Selys, 1850 PreviewTurkish Clubtail
69   Gomphus graslinii Rambur, 1842 PreviewPronged Clubtail
70   Gomphus simillimus Selys, 1840 PreviewYellow Clubtail
71   Gomphus pulchellus Selys, 1840 PreviewWestern Clubtail
72  StylurusStylurus flavipes (Charpentier, 1825) PreviewRiver Clubtail
73  OphiogomphusOphiogomphus cecilia (Fourcroy, 1785) PreviewGreen Snaketail
74  OnychogomphusOnychogomphus uncatus (Charpentier, 1840) PreviewLarge Pincertail
75   Onychogomphus forcipatus (Linnaeus, 1758) PreviewSmall Pincertail
76   Onychogomphus cazuma (Barona, Cardo & Díaz, 2020)Cazuma Pincertail
77   Onychogomphus costae Selys, 1885 PreviewFaded Pincertail
78  ParagomphusParagomphus genei (Selys, 1841) PreviewGreen Hooktail
79  LindeniaLindenia tetraphylla (Vander Linden, 1825) PreviewBladetail
80 CordulegastridaeCordulegasterCordulegaster boltonii (Donovan, 1807) PreviewCommon Goldenring
81   Cordulegaster trinacriae Waterston, 1976 PreviewItalian Goldenring
82   Cordulegaster heros Theischinger, 1979 PreviewBalkan Goldenring
83   Cordulegaster picta Selys, 1854 PreviewTurkish Goldenring
84   Cordulegaster bidentata Selys, 1843 PreviewSombre Goldenring
85   Cordulegaster insignis Schneider, 1845 PreviewBlue-Eyed Goldenring
86   Cordulegaster helladica (Lohmann, 1993) PreviewGreek Goldenring
87 Incertae sedisOxygastraOxygastra curtisii (Dale, 1834) PreviewOrange-Spotted Emerald
88 MacromiidaeMacromiaMacromia splendens (Pictet, 1843) PreviewSplendid Cruiser
89 CorduliidaeCorduliaCordulia aenea (Linnaeus, 1758) PreviewDowny Emerald
90  SomatochloraSomatochlora metallica (Vander Linden, 1825) PreviewBrilliant Emerald
91   Somatochlora meridionalis Nielsen, 1935 PreviewBalkan Emerald
92   Somatochlora flavomaculata (Vander Linden, 1825) PreviewYellow-Spotted Emerald
93   Somatochlora arctica (Zetterstedt, 1840) PreviewNorthern Emerald
94   Somatochlora alpestris (Selys, 1840) PreviewAlpine Emerald
95   Somatochlora sahlbergi Trybom, 1889 PreviewTreeline Emerald
96   Somatochlora borisi Marinov, 2001 PreviewBulgarian Emerald
97  EpithecaEpitheca bimaculata (Charpentier, 1825) PreviewEurasian Baskettail
98 LibellulidaeLibellulaLibellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus, 1758 PreviewFour-Spotted Chaser
99   Libellula depressa Linnaeus, 1758 PreviewBroad-Bodied Chaser
100   Libellula fulva Müller, 1764 PreviewBlue Chaser
101  OrthetrumOrthetrum cancellatum (Linnaeus, 1758) PreviewBlack-Tailed Skimmer
102   Orthetrum albistylum (Selys, 1848) PreviewWhite-Tailed Skimmer
103   Orthetrum coerulescens (Fabricius, 1798) PreviewKeeled Skimmer
104   Orthetrum brunneum (Fonscolombe, 1837) PreviewSouthern Skimmer
105   Orthetrum nitidinerve (Selys, 1841) PreviewYellow-Veined Skimmer
106   Orthetrum chrysostigma (Burmeister, 1839) PreviewEpaulet Skimmer
107   Orthetrum taeniolatum (Schneider, 1845) PreviewSmall Skimmer
108   Orthetrum trinacria (Selys, 1841) PreviewLong Skimmer
109   Orthetrum sabina (Drury, 1773) PreviewSlender Skimmer
110  LeucorrhiniaLeucorrhinia dubia (Vander Linden, 1825) PreviewSmall Whiteface
111   Leucorrhinia rubicunda (Linnaeus, 1758) PreviewRuby Whiteface
112   Leucorrhinia pectoralis (Charpentier, 1825) PreviewYellow-Spotted Whiteface
113   Leucorrhinia albifrons (Burmeister, 1839) PreviewDark Whiteface
114   Leucorrhinia caudalis (Charpentier, 1840) PreviewLilypad Whiteface
115  SympetrumSympetrum danae (Sulzer, 1776) PreviewBlack Darter
116   Sympetrum pedemontanum (Müller in Allioni, 1766) PreviewBanded Darter
117   Sympetrum sanguineum (Müller, 1764) PreviewRuddy Darter
118   Sympetrum depressiusculum (Selys, 1841) PreviewSpotted Darter
119   Sympetrum flaveolum (Linnaeus, 1758) PreviewYellow-Winged Darter
120   Sympetrum fonscolombii (Selys, 1840) PreviewRed-Veined Darter
121   Sympetrum striolatum (Charpentier, 1840) PreviewCommon Darter
122   Sympetrum vulgatum (Linnaeus, 1758) PreviewMoustached Darter
123   Sympetrum meridionale (Selys, 1841) PreviewSouthern Darter
124   Sympetrum sinaiticum Dumont, 1977 PreviewDesert Darter
125  CrocothemisCrocothemis erythraea (Brullé, 1832) PreviewBroad Scarlet
126  TrithemisTrithemis annulata (Palisot de Beauvois, 1807) PreviewViolet Dropwing
127   Trithemis arteriosa (Burmeister, 1839) PreviewRed-Veined Dropwing
128   Trithemis kirbyi Selys, 1891 PreviewOrange-Winged Dropwing
129   Trithemis festiva (Rambur, 1842) PreviewIndigo Dropwing
130  BrachythemisBrachythemis impartita (Karsch, 1890) PreviewNorthern Banded Groundling
131  DiplacodesDiplacodes lefebvrii (Rambur, 1842) PreviewBlack Percher
132  SelysiothemisSelysiothemis nigra (Vander Linden, 1825) PreviewBlack Pennant
133  PantalaPantala flavescens (Fabricius, 1798) PreviewWandering Glider
134  ZygonyxZygonyx torridus (Kirby, 1889) PreviewRinged Cascader