Checklist Germany; English common names

Below is a checklist of the 82 dragonfly and damselfly species for the area Germany. 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 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 Germany 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
3Dark Spreadwing (Lestes macrostigma) Preview
4Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) Preview
5Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) Preview
6Western Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes viridis) Preview
7Common Winter Damsel (Sympecma fusca) Preview
8Siberian Winter Damsel (Sympecma paedisca) Preview
9Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) Preview
10Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) Preview
11Blue Featherleg (Platycnemis pennipes) Preview
12Common Bluetail (Ischnura elegans) Preview
13Small Bluetail (Ischnura pumilio) Preview
14Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum) Preview
15Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum) Preview
16Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella) Preview
17Mercury Bluet (Coenagrion mercuriale) Preview
18Ornate Bluet (Coenagrion ornatum) Preview
19Dainty Bluet (Coenagrion scitulum) Preview
20Spearhead Bluet (Coenagrion hastulatum) Preview
21Crescent Bluet (Coenagrion lunulatum) Preview
22Siberian Bluet (Coenagrion hylas) Preview
23Dark Bluet (Coenagrion armatum) Preview
24Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) Preview
25Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) Preview
26Blue-Eye (Erythromma lindenii) Preview
27Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Preview
28Small Red Damsel (Ceriagrion tenellum) Preview
29Sedgling (Nehalennia speciosa) Preview
30Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) Preview
31Blue-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna affinis) Preview
32Green-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles) Preview
33Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis) Preview
34Azure Hawker (Aeshna caerulea) Preview
35Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) Preview
36Green Hawker (Aeshna viridis) Preview
37Moorland Hawker (Aeshna juncea) Preview
38Bog Hawker (Aeshna subarctica) Preview
39Blue Emperor (Anax imperator) Preview
40Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) Preview
41Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger) Preview
42Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense) Preview
43Western Spectre (Boyeria irene) Preview
44Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus) Preview
45Yellow Clubtail (Gomphus simillimus) Preview
46Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) Preview
47River Clubtail (Stylurus flavipes) Preview
48Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia) Preview
49Large Pincertail (Onychogomphus uncatus) Preview
50Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus) Preview
51Common Goldenring (Cordulegaster boltonii) Preview
52Sombre Goldenring (Cordulegaster bidentata) Preview
53Orange-Spotted Emerald (Oxygastra curtisii) Preview
54Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) Preview
55Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) Preview
56Yellow-Spotted Emerald (Somatochlora flavomaculata) Preview
57Northern Emerald (Somatochlora arctica) Preview
58Alpine Emerald (Somatochlora alpestris) Preview
59Eurasian Baskettail (Epitheca bimaculata) Preview
60Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) Preview
61Broad-Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) Preview
62Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) Preview
63Black-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) Preview
64White-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum albistylum) Preview
65Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) Preview
66Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum) Preview
67Small Whiteface (Leucorrhinia dubia) Preview
68Ruby Whiteface (Leucorrhinia rubicunda) Preview
69Yellow-Spotted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia pectoralis) Preview
70Dark Whiteface (Leucorrhinia albifrons) Preview
71Lilypad Whiteface (Leucorrhinia caudalis) Preview
72Black Darter (Sympetrum danae) Preview
73Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) Preview
74Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) Preview
75Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) Preview
76Yellow-Winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum) Preview
77Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) Preview
78Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) Preview
79Moustached Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum) Preview
80Southern Darter (Sympetrum meridionale) Preview
81Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) Preview
82Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) Preview