Checklist Switzerland; Italian 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 English common names, the German common names, the French 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 Italian 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.

#Italian common name
1Verdina boreale (Lestes sponsa) Preview
2Verdina robusta (Lestes dryas) Preview
3Verdina barbara (Lestes barbarus) Preview
4Verdina minore (Lestes virens) Preview
5Verdina maggiore (Chalcolestes viridis) Preview
6Invernina comune (Sympecma fusca) Preview
7Invernina delle brughiere (Sympecma paedisca) Preview
8Splendente comune (Calopteryx splendens) Preview
9Splendente di fonte (Calopteryx virgo) Preview
10Zampalarga comune (Platycnemis pennipes) Preview
11Codazzurra comune (Ischnura elegans) Preview
12Codazzurra minore (Ischnura pumilio) Preview
13Azzurrina portacalice (Enallagma cyathigerum) Preview
14Azzurrina variabile (Coenagrion pulchellum) Preview
15Azzurrina comune (Coenagrion puella) Preview
16Azzurrina di Mercurio (Coenagrion mercuriale) Preview
17Azzurrina balcanica (Coenagrion ornatum) Preview
18Azzurrina delicata (Coenagrion scitulum) Preview
19Azzurrina alpina (Coenagrion hastulatum) Preview
20Coenagrion lunulatum Preview
21Occhirossi maggiore (Erythromma najas) Preview
22Occhirossi minore (Erythromma viridulum) Preview
23Occhirossi dubbia (Erythromma lindenii) Preview
24Scintilla zampenere (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Preview
25Scintilla zamperosse (Ceriagrion tenellum) Preview
26Codazzurra pigmea (Nehalennia speciosa) Preview
27Dragone autunnale (Aeshna mixta) Preview
28Dragone occhiblu (Aeshna affinis) Preview
29Dragone occhiverdi (Aeshna isoceles) Preview
30Dragone bruno (Aeshna grandis) Preview
31Dragone azzurro (Aeshna caerulea) Preview
32Dragone verdeazzurro (Aeshna cyanea) Preview
33Dragone alpino (Aeshna juncea) Preview
34Dragone artico (Aeshna subarctica) Preview
35Imperatore comune (Anax imperator) Preview
36Imperatore minore (Anax parthenope) Preview
37Imperatore migrante (Anax ephippiger) Preview
38Dragone peloso (Brachytron pratense) Preview
39Dragone spettro (Boyeria irene) Preview
40Gonfo comune (Gomphus vulgatissimus) Preview
41Gomphus simillimus Preview
42Gonfo d'Oltralpe (Gomphus pulchellus) Preview
43Gonfo zampegialle (Stylurus flavipes) Preview
44Gonfo serpentino (Ophiogomphus cecilia) Preview
45Gonfo pinzato (Onychogomphus uncatus) Preview
46Gonfo forcipato (Onychogomphus forcipatus) Preview
47Guardaruscello comune (Cordulegaster boltonii) Preview
48Guardaruscello collinare (Cordulegaster bidentata) Preview
49Smeralda di fiume (Oxygastra curtisii) Preview
50Smeralda bronzea (Cordulia aenea) Preview
51Smeralda metallica (Somatochlora metallica) Preview
52Smeralda maculata (Somatochlora flavomaculata) Preview
53Smeralda artica (Somatochlora arctica) Preview
54Smeralda alpina (Somatochlora alpestris) Preview
55Bimacchiata (Epitheca bimaculata) Preview
56Libellula quadrimacchiata (Libellula quadrimaculata) Preview
57Libellula panciapiatta (Libellula depressa) Preview
58Libellula frontenera (Libellula fulva) Preview
59Frecciazzurra puntanera (Orthetrum cancellatum) Preview
60Frecciazzurra puntabianca (Orthetrum albistylum) Preview
61Frecciazzurra minore (Orthetrum coerulescens) Preview
62Frecciazzurra celeste (Orthetrum brunneum) Preview
63Frontebianca comune (Leucorrhinia dubia) Preview
64Leucorrhinia rubicunda Preview
65Frontebianca maggiore (Leucorrhinia pectoralis) Preview
66Leucorrhinia albifrons Preview
67Leucorrhinia caudalis Preview
68Cardinale nero (Sympetrum danae) Preview
69Cardinale alifasciate (Sympetrum pedemontanum) Preview
70Cardinale sanguineo (Sympetrum sanguineum) Preview
71Cardinale padano (Sympetrum depressiusculum) Preview
72Cardinale dorato (Sympetrum flaveolum) Preview
73Cardinale venerosse (Sympetrum fonscolombii) Preview
74Cardinale striato (Sympetrum striolatum) Preview
75Cardinale boreale (Sympetrum vulgatum) Preview
76Cardinale meridionale (Sympetrum meridionale) Preview
77Frecciarossa (Crocothemis erythraea) Preview
78Frecciaerrante (Pantala flavescens) Preview