Checklist Switzerland; English common names

Below is a checklist of the 78 dragonfly and damselfly species for the area Switzerland. 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 German common names, the French common names, the Italian 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 Switzerland 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
7Siberian Winter Damsel (Sympecma paedisca) Preview
8Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) Preview
9Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) Preview
10Blue Featherleg (Platycnemis pennipes) Preview
11Common Bluetail (Ischnura elegans) Preview
12Small Bluetail (Ischnura pumilio) Preview
13Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum) Preview
14Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum) Preview
15Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella) Preview
16Mercury Bluet (Coenagrion mercuriale) Preview
17Ornate Bluet (Coenagrion ornatum) Preview
18Dainty Bluet (Coenagrion scitulum) Preview
19Spearhead Bluet (Coenagrion hastulatum) Preview
20Crescent Bluet (Coenagrion lunulatum) Preview
21Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) Preview
22Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) Preview
23Blue-Eye (Erythromma lindenii) Preview
24Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Preview
25Small Red Damsel (Ceriagrion tenellum) Preview
26Sedgling (Nehalennia speciosa) Preview
27Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) Preview
28Blue-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna affinis) Preview
29Green-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles) Preview
30Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis) Preview
31Azure Hawker (Aeshna caerulea) Preview
32Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) Preview
33Moorland Hawker (Aeshna juncea) Preview
34Bog Hawker (Aeshna subarctica) Preview
35Blue Emperor (Anax imperator) Preview
36Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) Preview
37Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger) Preview
38Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense) Preview
39Western Spectre (Boyeria irene) Preview
40Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus) Preview
41Yellow Clubtail (Gomphus simillimus) Preview
42Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) Preview
43River Clubtail (Stylurus flavipes) Preview
44Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia) Preview
45Large Pincertail (Onychogomphus uncatus) Preview
46Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus) Preview
47Common Goldenring (Cordulegaster boltonii) Preview
48Sombre Goldenring (Cordulegaster bidentata) Preview
49Orange-Spotted Emerald (Oxygastra curtisii) Preview
50Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) Preview
51Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) Preview
52Yellow-Spotted Emerald (Somatochlora flavomaculata) Preview
53Northern Emerald (Somatochlora arctica) Preview
54Alpine Emerald (Somatochlora alpestris) Preview
55Eurasian Baskettail (Epitheca bimaculata) Preview
56Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) Preview
57Broad-Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) Preview
58Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) Preview
59Black-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) Preview
60White-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum albistylum) Preview
61Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) Preview
62Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum) Preview
63Small Whiteface (Leucorrhinia dubia) Preview
64Ruby Whiteface (Leucorrhinia rubicunda) Preview
65Yellow-Spotted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia pectoralis) Preview
66Dark Whiteface (Leucorrhinia albifrons) Preview
67Lilypad Whiteface (Leucorrhinia caudalis) Preview
68Black Darter (Sympetrum danae) Preview
69Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) Preview
70Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) Preview
71Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) Preview
72Yellow-Winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum) Preview
73Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) Preview
74Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) Preview
75Moustached Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum) Preview
76Southern Darter (Sympetrum meridionale) Preview
77Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) Preview
78Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) Preview