Checklist Belgium; scientific 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 English common names, the French common names, or the Dutch common 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 species' scientific 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.

#Scientific name
1Lestes sponsa (Hansemann, 1823) Preview
2Lestes dryas Kirby, 1890 Preview
3Lestes barbarus (Fabricius, 1798) Preview
4Lestes virens (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
5Chalcolestes viridis (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
6Sympecma fusca (Vander Linden, 1820) Preview
7Calopteryx splendens (Harris, 1780) Preview
8Calopteryx virgo (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
9Platycnemis pennipes (Pallas, 1771) Preview
10Ischnura elegans (Vander Linden, 1820) Preview
11Ischnura pumilio (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
12Enallagma cyathigerum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
13Coenagrion pulchellum (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
14Coenagrion puella (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
15Coenagrion mercuriale (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
16Coenagrion scitulum (Rambur, 1842) Preview
17Coenagrion hastulatum (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
18Coenagrion lunulatum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
19Erythromma najas (Hansemann, 1823) Preview
20Erythromma viridulum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
21Erythromma lindenii (Selys, 1840) Preview
22Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Sulzer, 1776) Preview
23Ceriagrion tenellum (de Villers, 1789) Preview
24Nehalennia speciosa (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
25Aeshna mixta Latreille, 1805 Preview
26Aeshna affinis Vander Linden, 1820 Preview
27Aeshna isoceles (Müller, 1767) Preview
28Aeshna grandis (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
29Aeshna cyanea (Müller, 1764) Preview
30Aeshna juncea (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
31Aeshna subarctica Walker, 1908 Preview
32Anax imperator Leach, 1815 Preview
33Anax parthenope (Selys, 1839) Preview
34Anax ephippiger (Burmeister, 1839) Preview
35Brachytron pratense (Müller, 1764) Preview
36Gomphus vulgatissimus (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
37Gomphus simillimus Selys, 1840 Preview
38Gomphus pulchellus Selys, 1840 Preview
39Stylurus flavipes (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
40Ophiogomphus cecilia (Fourcroy, 1785) Preview
41Onychogomphus uncatus (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
42Onychogomphus forcipatus (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
43Cordulegaster boltonii (Donovan, 1807) Preview
44Cordulegaster bidentata Selys, 1843 Preview
45Oxygastra curtisii (Dale, 1834) Preview
46Cordulia aenea (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
47Somatochlora metallica (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
48Somatochlora flavomaculata (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
49Somatochlora arctica (Zetterstedt, 1840) Preview
50Epitheca bimaculata (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
51Libellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus, 1758 Preview
52Libellula depressa Linnaeus, 1758 Preview
53Libellula fulva Müller, 1764 Preview
54Orthetrum cancellatum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
55Orthetrum albistylum (Selys, 1848) Preview
56Orthetrum coerulescens (Fabricius, 1798) Preview
57Orthetrum brunneum (Fonscolombe, 1837) Preview
58Leucorrhinia dubia (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
59Leucorrhinia rubicunda (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
60Leucorrhinia pectoralis (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
61Leucorrhinia caudalis (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
62Sympetrum danae (Sulzer, 1776) Preview
63Sympetrum pedemontanum (Müller in Allioni, 1766) Preview
64Sympetrum sanguineum (Müller, 1764) Preview
65Sympetrum depressiusculum (Selys, 1841) Preview
66Sympetrum flaveolum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
67Sympetrum fonscolombii (Selys, 1840) Preview
68Sympetrum striolatum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
69Sympetrum vulgatum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
70Sympetrum meridionale (Selys, 1841) Preview
71Crocothemis erythraea (Brullé, 1832) Preview