Checklist Bulgaria; English common names

Below is a checklist of the 71 dragonfly and damselfly species for the area Bulgaria. 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 Bulgarian 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 Bulgaria 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
3Dark Spreadwing (Lestes macrostigma) Preview
4Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) Preview
5Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) Preview
6Western Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes viridis) Preview
7Eastern Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes parvidens) Preview
8Common Winter Damsel (Sympecma fusca) Preview
9Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) Preview
10Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) Preview
11Odalisque (Epallage fatime) Preview
12Blue Featherleg (Platycnemis pennipes) Preview
13Common Bluetail (Ischnura elegans) Preview
14Small Bluetail (Ischnura pumilio) Preview
15Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum) Preview
16Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum) Preview
17Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella) Preview
18Ornate Bluet (Coenagrion ornatum) Preview
19Dainty Bluet (Coenagrion scitulum) Preview
20Spearhead Bluet (Coenagrion hastulatum) Preview
21Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) Preview
22Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) Preview
23Blue-Eye (Erythromma lindenii) Preview
24Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Preview
25Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) Preview
26Blue-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna affinis) Preview
27Green-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles) Preview
28Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) Preview
29Moorland Hawker (Aeshna juncea) Preview
30Bog Hawker (Aeshna subarctica) Preview
31Blue Emperor (Anax imperator) Preview
32Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) Preview
33Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger) Preview
34Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense) Preview
35Eastern Spectre (Caliaeschna microstigma) Preview
36Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus) Preview
37River Clubtail (Stylurus flavipes) Preview
38Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia) Preview
39Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus) Preview
40Bladetail (Lindenia tetraphylla) Preview
41Balkan Goldenring (Cordulegaster heros) Preview
42Turkish Goldenring (Cordulegaster picta) Preview
43Sombre Goldenring (Cordulegaster bidentata) Preview
44Blue-Eyed Goldenring (Cordulegaster insignis) Preview
45Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) Preview
46Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) Preview
47Balkan Emerald (Somatochlora meridionalis) Preview
48Yellow-Spotted Emerald (Somatochlora flavomaculata) Preview
49Northern Emerald (Somatochlora arctica) Preview
50Bulgarian Emerald (Somatochlora borisi) Preview
51Eurasian Baskettail (Epitheca bimaculata) Preview
52Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) Preview
53Broad-Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) Preview
54Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) Preview
55Black-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) Preview
56White-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum albistylum) Preview
57Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) Preview
58Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum) Preview
59Small Whiteface (Leucorrhinia dubia) Preview
60Yellow-Spotted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia pectoralis) Preview
61Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) Preview
62Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) Preview
63Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) Preview
64Yellow-Winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum) Preview
65Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) Preview
66Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) Preview
67Moustached Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum) Preview
68Southern Darter (Sympetrum meridionale) Preview
69Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) Preview
70Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) Preview
71Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) Preview