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, Schröter & Lewington's Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Britain and Europe (2020), 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
1Common Spreadwing (Lestes sponsa) Preview
2Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) Preview
3Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) Preview
4Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) Preview
5Western Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes viridis) Preview
6Common Winter Damsel (Sympecma fusca) Preview
7Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) Preview
8Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) Preview
9Blue Featherleg (Platycnemis pennipes) Preview
10Common Bluetail (Ischnura elegans) Preview
11Small Bluetail (Ischnura pumilio) Preview
12Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum) Preview
13Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum) Preview
14Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella) Preview
15Mercury Bluet (Coenagrion mercuriale) Preview
16Dainty Bluet (Coenagrion scitulum) Preview
17Spearhead Bluet (Coenagrion hastulatum) Preview
18Crescent Bluet (Coenagrion lunulatum) Preview
19Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) Preview
20Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) Preview
21Blue-Eye (Erythromma lindenii) Preview
22Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Preview
23Small Red Damsel (Ceriagrion tenellum) Preview
24Sedgling (Nehalennia speciosa) 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 (Stylurus 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
45Orange-Spotted Emerald (Oxygastra curtisii) Preview
46Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) Preview
47Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) Preview
48Yellow-Spotted Emerald (Somatochlora flavomaculata) Preview
49Northern Emerald (Somatochlora arctica) Preview
50Eurasian Baskettail (Epitheca bimaculata) 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