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