Checklist France: mainland; scientific names

Below is a checklist of the 89 dragonfly and damselfly species for the area France: mainland. It's based on Dijkstra and Lewington's Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Britain and Europe (2006), 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 English common 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 species' scientific 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.

#Scientific name
1Calopteryx splendens (Harris, 1782)
2Calopteryx xanthostoma (Charpentier, 1825)
3Calopteryx virgo (Linnaeus, 1758)
4Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis (Vander Linden, 1825)
5Lestes sponsa (Hansemann, 1823)
6Lestes dryas Kirby, 1890
7Lestes barbarus (Fabricius, 1798)
8Lestes virens (Charpentier, 1825)
9Lestes macrostigma (Eversmann, 1836)
10Chalcolestes viridis (Vander Linden, 1825)
11Sympecma fusca (Vander Linden, 1820)
12Sympecma paedisca (Brauer, 1877)
13Ischnura elegans (Vander Linden, 1820)
14Ischnura graellsii (Rambur, 1842)
15Ischnura pumilio (Charpentier, 1825)
16Enallagma cyathigerum (Charpentier, 1840)
17Coenagrion pulchellum (Vander Linden, 1825)
18Coenagrion puella (Linnaeus, 1758)
19Coenagrion mercuriale (Charpentier, 1840)
20Coenagrion ornatum (Selys, 1850)
21Coenagrion scitulum (Rambur, 1842)
22Coenagrion caerulescens (Fonscolombe, 1838)
23Coenagrion hastulatum (Charpentier, 1825)
24Coenagrion lunulatum (Charpentier, 1840)
25Erythromma najas (Hansemann, 1823)
26Erythromma viridulum (Charpentier, 1840)
27Erythromma lindenii (Selys, 1840)
28Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Sulzer, 1776)
29Ceriagrion tenellum (de Villers, 1789)
30Nehalennia speciosa (Charpentier, 1840)
31Platycnemis pennipes (Pallas, 1771)
32Platycnemis acutipennis Selys, 1841
33Platycnemis latipes Rambur, 1842
34Aeshna mixta Latreille, 1805
35Aeshna affinis Vander Linden, 1820
36Aeshna isoceles (Müller, 1767)
37Aeshna grandis (Linnaeus, 1758)
38Aeshna caerulea (Ström, 1783)
39Aeshna cyanea (Müller, 1764)
40Aeshna juncea (Linnaeus, 1758)
41Aeshna subarctica Walker, 1908
42Anax imperator Leach, 1815
43Anax parthenope (Selys, 1839)
44Anax ephippiger (Burmeister, 1839)
45Brachytron pratense (Müller, 1764)
46Boyeria irene (Fonscolombe, 1838)
47Gomphus vulgatissimus (Linnaeus, 1758)
48Gomphus graslinii Rambur, 1842
49Gomphus simillimus Selys, 1840
50Gomphus pulchellus Selys, 1840
51Gomphus flavipes (Charpentier, 1825)
52Ophiogomphus cecilia (Geoffroy in Fourcroy, 1785)
53Onychogomphus uncatus (Charpentier, 1840)
54Onychogomphus forcipatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
55Cordulegaster boltonii (Donovan, 1807)
56Cordulegaster bidentata Selys, 1843
57Cordulia aenea (Linnaeus, 1758)
58Somatochlora metallica (Vander Linden, 1825)
59Somatochlora meridionalis Nielsen, 1935
60Somatochlora flavomaculata (Vander Linden, 1825)
61Somatochlora arctica (Zetterstedt, 1840)
62Somatochlora alpestris (Selys, 1840)
63Epitheca bimaculata (Charpentier, 1825)
64Oxygastra curtisii (Dale, 1834)
65Macromia splendens (Pictet, 1843)
66Libellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus, 1758
67Libellula depressa Linnaeus, 1758
68Libellula fulva Müller, 1764
69Orthetrum cancellatum (Linnaeus, 1758)
70Orthetrum albistylum (Selys, 1848)
71Orthetrum coerulescens (Fabricius, 1798)
72Orthetrum brunneum (Fonscolombe, 1837)
73Leucorrhinia dubia (Vander Linden, 1825)
74Leucorrhinia rubicunda (Linnaeus, 1758)
75Leucorrhinia pectoralis (Charpentier, 1825)
76Leucorrhinia albifrons (Burmeister, 1839)
77Leucorrhinia caudalis (Charpentier, 1840)
78Sympetrum danae (Sulzer, 1776)
79Sympetrum pedemontanum (Müller in Allioni, 1766)
80Sympetrum sanguineum (Müller, 1764)
81Sympetrum depressiusculum (Selys, 1841)
82Sympetrum flaveolum (Linnaeus, 1758)
83Sympetrum fonscolombii (Selys, 1840)
84Sympetrum striolatum (Charpentier, 1840)
85Sympetrum vulgatum (Linnaeus, 1758)
86Sympetrum meridionale (Selys, 1841)
87Crocothemis erythraea (Brullé, 1832)
88Trithemis annulata (Palisot de Beauvois, 1807)
89Trithemis kirbyi (Selys, 1891)