Checklist Belgium; English common names

Below is a checklist of the 71 dragonfly and damselfly species for the area Belgium. 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 French common names, 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 Belgium 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) Preview
2Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) Preview
3Common Spreadwing (Lestes sponsa) Preview
4Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) Preview
5Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) Preview
6Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) Preview
7Western Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes viridis) Preview
8Common Winter Damsel (Sympecma fusca) Preview
9Common Bluetail (Ischnura elegans) Preview
10Small Bluetail (Ischnura pumilio) Preview
11Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum) Preview
12Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum) Preview
13Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella) Preview
14Mercury Bluet (Coenagrion mercuriale) Preview
15Dainty Bluet (Coenagrion scitulum) Preview
16Spearhead Bluet (Coenagrion hastulatum) Preview
17Crescent Bluet (Coenagrion lunulatum) Preview
18Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) Preview
19Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) Preview
20Blue-Eye (Erythromma lindenii) Preview
21Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Preview
22Small Red Damsel (Ceriagrion tenellum) Preview
23Sedgling (Nehalennia speciosa) Preview
24Blue Featherleg (Platycnemis pennipes) Preview
25Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) Preview
26Blue-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna affinis) Preview
27Green-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles) Preview
28Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis) Preview
29Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) Preview
30Moorland Hawker (Aeshna juncea) Preview
31Bog Hawker (Aeshna subarctica) Preview
32Blue Emperor (Anax imperator) Preview
33Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) Preview
34Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger) Preview
35Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense) Preview
36Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus) Preview
37Yellow Clubtail (Gomphus simillimus) Preview
38Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) Preview
39River Clubtail (Gomphus flavipes) Preview
40Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia) Preview
41Large Pincertail (Onychogomphus uncatus) Preview
42Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus) Preview
43Common Goldenring (Cordulegaster boltonii) Preview
44Sombre Goldenring (Cordulegaster bidentata) Preview
45Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) Preview
46Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) Preview
47Yellow-Spotted Emerald (Somatochlora flavomaculata) Preview
48Northern Emerald (Somatochlora arctica) Preview
49Eurasian Baskettail (Epitheca bimaculata) Preview
50Orange-Spotted Emerald (Oxygastra curtisii) Preview
51Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) Preview
52Broad-Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) Preview
53Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) Preview
54Black-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) Preview
55White-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum albistylum) Preview
56Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) Preview
57Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum) Preview
58Small Whiteface (Leucorrhinia dubia) Preview
59Ruby Whiteface (Leucorrhinia rubicunda) Preview
60Yellow-Spotted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia pectoralis) Preview
61Lilypad Whiteface (Leucorrhinia caudalis) Preview
62Black Darter (Sympetrum danae) Preview
63Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) Preview
64Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) Preview
65Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) Preview
66Yellow-Winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum) Preview
67Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) Preview
68Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) Preview
69Moustached Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum) Preview
70Southern Darter (Sympetrum meridionale) Preview
71Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) Preview