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 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 France: mainland 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
4Balkan Emerald (Somatochlora meridionalis) Preview
5Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) Preview
6Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) Preview
7Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) Preview
8Black Darter (Sympetrum danae) Preview
9Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) Preview
10Black-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) Preview
11Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) Preview
12Blue Emperor (Anax imperator) Preview
13Blue Featherleg (Platycnemis pennipes) Preview
14Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) Preview
15Blue-Eye (Erythromma lindenii) Preview
16Blue-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna affinis) Preview
17Bog Hawker (Aeshna subarctica) Preview
18Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) Preview
19Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) Preview
20Broad-Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) Preview
21Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis) Preview
22Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum) Preview
23Common Bluetail (Ischnura elegans) Preview
24Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus) Preview
25Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) Preview
26Common Goldenring (Cordulegaster boltonii) Preview
27Common Spreadwing (Lestes sponsa) Preview
28Common Winter Damsel (Sympecma fusca) Preview
29Copper Demoiselle (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) Preview
30Crescent Bluet (Coenagrion lunulatum) Preview
31Dainty Bluet (Coenagrion scitulum) Preview
32Dark Spreadwing (Lestes macrostigma) Preview
33Dark Whiteface (Leucorrhinia albifrons) Preview
34Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) Preview
35Eurasian Baskettail (Epitheca bimaculata) Preview
36Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) Preview
37Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia) Preview
38Green-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles) Preview
39Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense) Preview
40Iberian Bluetail (Ischnura graellsii) Preview
41Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) Preview
42Large Pincertail (Onychogomphus uncatus) Preview
43Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Preview
44Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) Preview
45Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) Preview
46Lilypad Whiteface (Leucorrhinia caudalis) Preview
47Mediterranean Bluet (Coenagrion caerulescens) Preview
48Mercury Bluet (Coenagrion mercuriale) Preview
49Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) Preview
50Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) Preview
51Moorland Hawker (Aeshna juncea) Preview
52Moustached Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum) Preview
53Northern Emerald (Somatochlora arctica) Preview
54Orange Featherleg (Platycnemis acutipennis) Preview
55Orange-Spotted Emerald (Oxygastra curtisii) Preview
56Orange-Winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi) Preview
57Ornate Bluet (Coenagrion ornatum) Preview
58Pronged Clubtail (Gomphus graslinii) Preview
59Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) Preview
60River Clubtail (Stylurus flavipes) Preview
61Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) Preview
62Ruby Whiteface (Leucorrhinia rubicunda) Preview
63Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) Preview
64Sedgling (Nehalennia speciosa) Preview
65Siberian Winter Damsel (Sympecma paedisca) Preview
66Small Bluetail (Ischnura pumilio) Preview
67Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus) Preview
68Small Red Damsel (Ceriagrion tenellum) Preview
69Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) Preview
70Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) Preview
71Small Whiteface (Leucorrhinia dubia) Preview
72Sombre Goldenring (Cordulegaster bidentata) Preview
73Southern Darter (Sympetrum meridionale) Preview
74Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum) Preview
75Spearhead Bluet (Coenagrion hastulatum) Preview
76Splendid Cruiser (Macromia splendens) Preview
77Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) Preview
78Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger) Preview
79Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum) Preview
80Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata) Preview
81Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) Preview
82Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) Preview
83Western Demoiselle (Calopteryx xanthostoma) Preview
84Western Spectre (Boyeria irene) Preview
85Western Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes viridis) Preview
86White Featherleg (Platycnemis latipes) Preview
87White-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum albistylum) Preview
88Yellow Clubtail (Gomphus simillimus) Preview
89Yellow-Spotted Emerald (Somatochlora flavomaculata) Preview
90Yellow-Spotted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia pectoralis) Preview
91Yellow-Winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum) Preview