Checklist France: mainland; English common names

Below is a checklist of the 91 dragonfly and damselfly species for the area France: mainland. 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 French 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 France: mainland 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
10Western Demoiselle (Calopteryx xanthostoma) Preview
11Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) Preview
12Copper Demoiselle (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) Preview
13Blue Featherleg (Platycnemis pennipes) Preview
14Orange Featherleg (Platycnemis acutipennis) Preview
15White Featherleg (Platycnemis latipes) Preview
16Common Bluetail (Ischnura elegans) Preview
17Iberian Bluetail (Ischnura graellsii) Preview
18Small Bluetail (Ischnura pumilio) Preview
19Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum) Preview
20Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum) Preview
21Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella) Preview
22Mercury Bluet (Coenagrion mercuriale) Preview
23Ornate Bluet (Coenagrion ornatum) Preview
24Dainty Bluet (Coenagrion scitulum) Preview
25Mediterranean Bluet (Coenagrion caerulescens) Preview
26Spearhead Bluet (Coenagrion hastulatum) Preview
27Crescent Bluet (Coenagrion lunulatum) Preview
28Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) Preview
29Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) Preview
30Blue-Eye (Erythromma lindenii) Preview
31Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Preview
32Small Red Damsel (Ceriagrion tenellum) Preview
33Sedgling (Nehalennia speciosa) Preview
34Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) Preview
35Blue-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna affinis) Preview
36Green-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles) Preview
37Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis) Preview
38Azure Hawker (Aeshna caerulea) Preview
39Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) Preview
40Moorland Hawker (Aeshna juncea) Preview
41Bog Hawker (Aeshna subarctica) Preview
42Blue Emperor (Anax imperator) Preview
43Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) Preview
44Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger) Preview
45Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense) Preview
46Western Spectre (Boyeria irene) Preview
47Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus) Preview
48Pronged Clubtail (Gomphus graslinii) Preview
49Yellow Clubtail (Gomphus simillimus) Preview
50Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) Preview
51River Clubtail (Stylurus flavipes) Preview
52Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia) Preview
53Large Pincertail (Onychogomphus uncatus) Preview
54Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus) Preview
55Common Goldenring (Cordulegaster boltonii) Preview
56Sombre Goldenring (Cordulegaster bidentata) Preview
57Orange-Spotted Emerald (Oxygastra curtisii) Preview
58Splendid Cruiser (Macromia splendens) Preview
59Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) Preview
60Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) Preview
61Balkan Emerald (Somatochlora meridionalis) Preview
62Yellow-Spotted Emerald (Somatochlora flavomaculata) Preview
63Northern Emerald (Somatochlora arctica) Preview
64Alpine Emerald (Somatochlora alpestris) Preview
65Eurasian Baskettail (Epitheca bimaculata) Preview
66Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) Preview
67Broad-Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) Preview
68Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) Preview
69Black-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) Preview
70White-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum albistylum) Preview
71Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) Preview
72Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum) Preview
73Small Whiteface (Leucorrhinia dubia) Preview
74Ruby Whiteface (Leucorrhinia rubicunda) Preview
75Yellow-Spotted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia pectoralis) Preview
76Dark Whiteface (Leucorrhinia albifrons) Preview
77Lilypad Whiteface (Leucorrhinia caudalis) Preview
78Black Darter (Sympetrum danae) Preview
79Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) Preview
80Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) Preview
81Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) Preview
82Yellow-Winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum) Preview
83Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) Preview
84Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) Preview
85Moustached Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum) Preview
86Southern Darter (Sympetrum meridionale) Preview
87Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) Preview
88Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata) Preview
89Orange-Winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi) Preview
90Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) Preview
91Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) Preview