Checklist Spain; English common names

Below is a checklist of the 80 dragonfly and damselfly species for the area Spain. 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 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 Spain 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
8Western Demoiselle (Calopteryx xanthostoma) Preview
9Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) Preview
10Copper Demoiselle (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) Preview
11Blue Featherleg (Platycnemis pennipes) Preview
12Orange Featherleg (Platycnemis acutipennis) Preview
13White Featherleg (Platycnemis latipes) Preview
14Common Bluetail (Ischnura elegans) Preview
15Iberian Bluetail (Ischnura graellsii) Preview
16Small Bluetail (Ischnura pumilio) Preview
17Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum) Preview
18Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum) Preview
19Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella) Preview
20Mercury Bluet (Coenagrion mercuriale) Preview
21Dainty Bluet (Coenagrion scitulum) Preview
22Mediterranean Bluet (Coenagrion caerulescens) Preview
23Spearhead Bluet (Coenagrion hastulatum) Preview
24Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) Preview
25Blue-Eye (Erythromma lindenii) Preview
26Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Preview
27Small Red Damsel (Ceriagrion tenellum) Preview
28Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) Preview
29Blue-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna affinis) Preview
30Green-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles) Preview
31Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) Preview
32Moorland Hawker (Aeshna juncea) Preview
33Blue Emperor (Anax imperator) Preview
34Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) Preview
35Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger) Preview
36Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense) Preview
37Western Spectre (Boyeria irene) Preview
38Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus) Preview
39Pronged Clubtail (Gomphus graslinii) Preview
40Yellow Clubtail (Gomphus simillimus) Preview
41Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) Preview
42Large Pincertail (Onychogomphus uncatus) Preview
43Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus) Preview
44Cazuma Pincertail (Onychogomphus cazuma) Preview
45Faded Pincertail (Onychogomphus costae) Preview
46Green Hooktail (Paragomphus genei) Preview
47Bladetail (Lindenia tetraphylla) Preview
48Common Goldenring (Cordulegaster boltonii) Preview
49Sombre Goldenring (Cordulegaster bidentata) Preview
50Orange-Spotted Emerald (Oxygastra curtisii) Preview
51Splendid Cruiser (Macromia splendens) Preview
52Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) Preview
53Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) Preview
54Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) Preview
55Broad-Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) Preview
56Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) Preview
57Black-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) Preview
58White-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum albistylum) Preview
59Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) Preview
60Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum) Preview
61Yellow-Veined Skimmer (Orthetrum nitidinerve) Preview
62Epaulet Skimmer (Orthetrum chrysostigma) Preview
63Long Skimmer (Orthetrum trinacria) Preview
64Small Whiteface (Leucorrhinia dubia) Preview
65Yellow-Spotted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia pectoralis) Preview
66Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) Preview
67Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) Preview
68Yellow-Winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum) Preview
69Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) Preview
70Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) Preview
71Moustached Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum) Preview
72Southern Darter (Sympetrum meridionale) Preview
73Desert Darter (Sympetrum sinaiticum) Preview
74Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) Preview
75Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata) Preview
76Orange-Winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi) Preview
77Northern Banded Groundling (Brachythemis impartita) Preview
78Black Percher (Diplacodes lefebvrii) Preview
79Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) Preview
80Ringed Cascader (Zygonyx torridus) Preview