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 alphabetically on the English common names. 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 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.

#English common name
1Alpine Emerald (Somatochlora alpestris) Preview
2Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella) Preview
3Azure Hawker (Aeshna caerulea) Preview
4Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) Preview
5Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) Preview
6Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) Preview
7Black Darter (Sympetrum danae) Preview
8Black-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) Preview
9Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) Preview
10Blue Emperor (Anax imperator) Preview
11Blue Featherleg (Platycnemis pennipes) Preview
12Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) Preview
13Blue-Eye (Erythromma lindenii) Preview
14Blue-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna affinis) Preview
15Bog Hawker (Aeshna subarctica) Preview
16Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) Preview
17Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) Preview
18Broad-Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) Preview
19Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis) Preview
20Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum) Preview
21Common Bluetail (Ischnura elegans) Preview
22Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus) Preview
23Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) Preview
24Common Goldenring (Cordulegaster boltonii) Preview
25Common Spreadwing (Lestes sponsa) Preview
26Common Winter Damsel (Sympecma fusca) Preview
27Crescent Bluet (Coenagrion lunulatum) Preview
28Dainty Bluet (Coenagrion scitulum) Preview
29Dark Bluet (Coenagrion armatum) Preview
30Dark Spreadwing (Lestes macrostigma) Preview
31Dark Whiteface (Leucorrhinia albifrons) Preview
32Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) Preview
33Eurasian Baskettail (Epitheca bimaculata) Preview
34Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) Preview
35Green Hawker (Aeshna viridis) Preview
36Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia) Preview
37Green-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles) Preview
38Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense) Preview
39Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) Preview
40Large Pincertail (Onychogomphus uncatus) Preview
41Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Preview
42Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) Preview
43Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) Preview
44Lilypad Whiteface (Leucorrhinia caudalis) Preview
45Mercury Bluet (Coenagrion mercuriale) Preview
46Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) Preview
47Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) Preview
48Moorland Hawker (Aeshna juncea) Preview
49Moustached Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum) Preview
50Northern Emerald (Somatochlora arctica) Preview
51Orange-Spotted Emerald (Oxygastra curtisii) Preview
52Ornate Bluet (Coenagrion ornatum) Preview
53Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) Preview
54River Clubtail (Stylurus flavipes) Preview
55Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) Preview
56Ruby Whiteface (Leucorrhinia rubicunda) Preview
57Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) Preview
58Sedgling (Nehalennia speciosa) Preview
59Siberian Bluet (Coenagrion hylas) Preview
60Siberian Winter Damsel (Sympecma paedisca) Preview
61Small Bluetail (Ischnura pumilio) Preview
62Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus) Preview
63Small Red Damsel (Ceriagrion tenellum) Preview
64Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) Preview
65Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) Preview
66Small Whiteface (Leucorrhinia dubia) Preview
67Sombre Goldenring (Cordulegaster bidentata) Preview
68Southern Darter (Sympetrum meridionale) Preview
69Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum) Preview
70Spearhead Bluet (Coenagrion hastulatum) Preview
71Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) Preview
72Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger) Preview
73Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum) Preview
74Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) Preview
75Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) Preview
76Western Spectre (Boyeria irene) Preview
77Western Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes viridis) Preview
78White-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum albistylum) Preview
79Yellow Clubtail (Gomphus simillimus) Preview
80Yellow-Spotted Emerald (Somatochlora flavomaculata) Preview
81Yellow-Spotted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia pectoralis) Preview
82Yellow-Winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum) Preview