Checklist Switzerland; scientific 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 Italian 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 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 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
7Sympecma paedisca (Brauer, 1877) Preview
8Calopteryx splendens (Harris, 1780) Preview
9Calopteryx virgo (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
10Platycnemis pennipes (Pallas, 1771) Preview
11Ischnura elegans (Vander Linden, 1820) Preview
12Ischnura pumilio (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
13Enallagma cyathigerum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
14Coenagrion pulchellum (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
15Coenagrion puella (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
16Coenagrion mercuriale (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
17Coenagrion ornatum (Selys, 1850) Preview
18Coenagrion scitulum (Rambur, 1842) Preview
19Coenagrion hastulatum (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
20Coenagrion lunulatum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
21Erythromma najas (Hansemann, 1823) Preview
22Erythromma viridulum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
23Erythromma lindenii (Selys, 1840) Preview
24Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Sulzer, 1776) Preview
25Ceriagrion tenellum (de Villers, 1789) Preview
26Nehalennia speciosa (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
27Aeshna mixta Latreille, 1805 Preview
28Aeshna affinis Vander Linden, 1820 Preview
29Aeshna isoceles (Müller, 1767) Preview
30Aeshna grandis (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
31Aeshna caerulea (Ström, 1783) Preview
32Aeshna cyanea (Müller, 1764) Preview
33Aeshna juncea (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
34Aeshna subarctica Walker, 1908 Preview
35Anax imperator Leach, 1815 Preview
36Anax parthenope (Selys, 1839) Preview
37Anax ephippiger (Burmeister, 1839) Preview
38Brachytron pratense (Müller, 1764) Preview
39Boyeria irene (Fonscolombe, 1838) Preview
40Gomphus vulgatissimus (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
41Gomphus simillimus Selys, 1840 Preview
42Gomphus pulchellus Selys, 1840 Preview
43Stylurus flavipes (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
44Ophiogomphus cecilia (Fourcroy, 1785) Preview
45Onychogomphus uncatus (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
46Onychogomphus forcipatus (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
47Cordulegaster boltonii (Donovan, 1807) Preview
48Cordulegaster bidentata Selys, 1843 Preview
49Oxygastra curtisii (Dale, 1834) Preview
50Cordulia aenea (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
51Somatochlora metallica (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
52Somatochlora flavomaculata (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
53Somatochlora arctica (Zetterstedt, 1840) Preview
54Somatochlora alpestris (Selys, 1840) Preview
55Epitheca bimaculata (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
56Libellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus, 1758 Preview
57Libellula depressa Linnaeus, 1758 Preview
58Libellula fulva Müller, 1764 Preview
59Orthetrum cancellatum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
60Orthetrum albistylum (Selys, 1848) Preview
61Orthetrum coerulescens (Fabricius, 1798) Preview
62Orthetrum brunneum (Fonscolombe, 1837) Preview
63Leucorrhinia dubia (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
64Leucorrhinia rubicunda (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
65Leucorrhinia pectoralis (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
66Leucorrhinia albifrons (Burmeister, 1839) Preview
67Leucorrhinia caudalis (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
68Sympetrum danae (Sulzer, 1776) Preview
69Sympetrum pedemontanum (Müller in Allioni, 1766) Preview
70Sympetrum sanguineum (Müller, 1764) Preview
71Sympetrum depressiusculum (Selys, 1841) Preview
72Sympetrum flaveolum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
73Sympetrum fonscolombii (Selys, 1840) Preview
74Sympetrum striolatum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
75Sympetrum vulgatum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
76Sympetrum meridionale (Selys, 1841) Preview
77Crocothemis erythraea (Brullé, 1832) Preview
78Pantala flavescens (Fabricius, 1798) Preview