Checklist Switzerland; scientific names

Below is a checklist of the 78 dragonfly and damselfly species for the area Switzerland. It's based on Dijkstra and Lewington's Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Britain and Europe (2006), 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
1Calopteryx splendens (Harris, 1782)
2Calopteryx virgo (Linnaeus, 1758)
3Lestes sponsa (Hansemann, 1823)
4Lestes dryas Kirby, 1890
5Lestes barbarus (Fabricius, 1798)
6Lestes virens (Charpentier, 1825)
7Chalcolestes viridis (Vander Linden, 1825)
8Sympecma fusca (Vander Linden, 1820)
9Sympecma paedisca (Brauer, 1877)
10Ischnura elegans (Vander Linden, 1820)
11Ischnura pumilio (Charpentier, 1825)
12Enallagma cyathigerum (Charpentier, 1840)
13Coenagrion pulchellum (Vander Linden, 1825)
14Coenagrion puella (Linnaeus, 1758)
15Coenagrion mercuriale (Charpentier, 1840)
16Coenagrion ornatum (Selys, 1850)
17Coenagrion scitulum (Rambur, 1842)
18Coenagrion hastulatum (Charpentier, 1825)
19Coenagrion lunulatum (Charpentier, 1840)
20Erythromma najas (Hansemann, 1823)
21Erythromma viridulum (Charpentier, 1840)
22Erythromma lindenii (Selys, 1840)
23Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Sulzer, 1776)
24Ceriagrion tenellum (de Villers, 1789)
25Nehalennia speciosa (Charpentier, 1840)
26Platycnemis pennipes (Pallas, 1771)
27Aeshna mixta Latreille, 1805
28Aeshna affinis Vander Linden, 1820
29Aeshna isoceles (Müller, 1767)
30Aeshna grandis (Linnaeus, 1758)
31Aeshna caerulea (Ström, 1783)
32Aeshna cyanea (Müller, 1764)
33Aeshna juncea (Linnaeus, 1758)
34Aeshna subarctica Walker, 1908
35Anax imperator Leach, 1815
36Anax parthenope (Selys, 1839)
37Anax ephippiger (Burmeister, 1839)
38Brachytron pratense (Müller, 1764)
39Boyeria irene (Fonscolombe, 1838)
40Gomphus vulgatissimus (Linnaeus, 1758)
41Gomphus simillimus Selys, 1840
42Gomphus pulchellus Selys, 1840
43Gomphus flavipes (Charpentier, 1825)
44Ophiogomphus cecilia (Geoffroy in Fourcroy, 1785)
45Onychogomphus uncatus (Charpentier, 1840)
46Onychogomphus forcipatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
47Cordulegaster boltonii (Donovan, 1807)
48Cordulegaster bidentata Selys, 1843
49Cordulia aenea (Linnaeus, 1758)
50Somatochlora metallica (Vander Linden, 1825)
51Somatochlora flavomaculata (Vander Linden, 1825)
52Somatochlora arctica (Zetterstedt, 1840)
53Somatochlora alpestris (Selys, 1840)
54Epitheca bimaculata (Charpentier, 1825)
55Oxygastra curtisii (Dale, 1834)
56Libellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus, 1758
57Libellula depressa Linnaeus, 1758
58Libellula fulva Müller, 1764
59Orthetrum cancellatum (Linnaeus, 1758)
60Orthetrum albistylum (Selys, 1848)
61Orthetrum coerulescens (Fabricius, 1798)
62Orthetrum brunneum (Fonscolombe, 1837)
63Leucorrhinia dubia (Vander Linden, 1825)
64Leucorrhinia rubicunda (Linnaeus, 1758)
65Leucorrhinia pectoralis (Charpentier, 1825)
66Leucorrhinia albifrons (Burmeister, 1839)
67Leucorrhinia caudalis (Charpentier, 1840)
68Sympetrum danae (Sulzer, 1776)
69Sympetrum pedemontanum (Müller in Allioni, 1766)
70Sympetrum sanguineum (Müller, 1764)
71Sympetrum depressiusculum (Selys, 1841)
72Sympetrum flaveolum (Linnaeus, 1758)
73Sympetrum fonscolombii (Selys, 1840)
74Sympetrum striolatum (Charpentier, 1840)
75Sympetrum vulgatum (Linnaeus, 1758)
76Sympetrum meridionale (Selys, 1841)
77Crocothemis erythraea (Brullé, 1832)
78Pantala flavescens (Fabricius, 1798)