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 alphabetically on the species' scientific names. 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 as per our overall checklist, 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
1Aeshna affinis Vander Linden, 1820 Preview
2Aeshna caerulea (Ström, 1783) Preview
3Aeshna cyanea (Müller, 1764) Preview
4Aeshna grandis (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
5Aeshna isoceles (Müller, 1767) Preview
6Aeshna juncea (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
7Aeshna mixta Latreille, 1805 Preview
8Aeshna subarctica Walker, 1908 Preview
9Anax ephippiger (Burmeister, 1839) Preview
10Anax imperator Leach, 1815 Preview
11Anax parthenope (Selys, 1839) Preview
12Boyeria irene (Fonscolombe, 1838) Preview
13Brachytron pratense (Müller, 1764) Preview
14Calopteryx splendens (Harris, 1780) Preview
15Calopteryx virgo (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
16Ceriagrion tenellum (de Villers, 1789) Preview
17Chalcolestes viridis (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
18Coenagrion hastulatum (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
19Coenagrion lunulatum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
20Coenagrion mercuriale (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
21Coenagrion ornatum (Selys, 1850) Preview
22Coenagrion puella (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
23Coenagrion pulchellum (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
24Coenagrion scitulum (Rambur, 1842) Preview
25Cordulegaster bidentata Selys, 1843 Preview
26Cordulegaster boltonii (Donovan, 1807) Preview
27Cordulia aenea (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
28Crocothemis erythraea (Brullé, 1832) Preview
29Enallagma cyathigerum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
30Epitheca bimaculata (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
31Erythromma lindenii (Selys, 1840) Preview
32Erythromma najas (Hansemann, 1823) Preview
33Erythromma viridulum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
34Gomphus pulchellus Selys, 1840 Preview
35Gomphus simillimus Selys, 1840 Preview
36Gomphus vulgatissimus (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
37Ischnura elegans (Vander Linden, 1820) Preview
38Ischnura pumilio (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
39Lestes barbarus (Fabricius, 1798) Preview
40Lestes dryas Kirby, 1890 Preview
41Lestes sponsa (Hansemann, 1823) Preview
42Lestes virens (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
43Leucorrhinia albifrons (Burmeister, 1839) Preview
44Leucorrhinia caudalis (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
45Leucorrhinia dubia (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
46Leucorrhinia pectoralis (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
47Leucorrhinia rubicunda (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
48Libellula depressa Linnaeus, 1758 Preview
49Libellula fulva Müller, 1764 Preview
50Libellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus, 1758 Preview
51Nehalennia speciosa (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
52Onychogomphus forcipatus (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
53Onychogomphus uncatus (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
54Ophiogomphus cecilia (Fourcroy, 1785) Preview
55Orthetrum albistylum (Selys, 1848) Preview
56Orthetrum brunneum (Fonscolombe, 1837) Preview
57Orthetrum cancellatum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
58Orthetrum coerulescens (Fabricius, 1798) Preview
59Oxygastra curtisii (Dale, 1834) Preview
60Pantala flavescens (Fabricius, 1798) Preview
61Platycnemis pennipes (Pallas, 1771) Preview
62Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Sulzer, 1776) Preview
63Somatochlora alpestris (Selys, 1840) Preview
64Somatochlora arctica (Zetterstedt, 1840) Preview
65Somatochlora flavomaculata (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
66Somatochlora metallica (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
67Stylurus flavipes (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
68Sympecma fusca (Vander Linden, 1820) Preview
69Sympecma paedisca (Brauer, 1877) Preview
70Sympetrum danae (Sulzer, 1776) Preview
71Sympetrum depressiusculum (Selys, 1841) Preview
72Sympetrum flaveolum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
73Sympetrum fonscolombii (Selys, 1840) Preview
74Sympetrum meridionale (Selys, 1841) Preview
75Sympetrum pedemontanum (Müller in Allioni, 1766) Preview
76Sympetrum sanguineum (Müller, 1764) Preview
77Sympetrum striolatum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
78Sympetrum vulgatum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview