Checklist France: mainland; scientific 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 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
1Lestes sponsa (Hansemann, 1823) Preview
2Lestes dryas Kirby, 1890 Preview
3Lestes macrostigma (Eversmann, 1836) Preview
4Lestes barbarus (Fabricius, 1798) Preview
5Lestes virens (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
6Chalcolestes viridis (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
7Sympecma fusca (Vander Linden, 1820) Preview
8Sympecma paedisca (Brauer, 1877) Preview
9Calopteryx splendens (Harris, 1780) Preview
10Calopteryx xanthostoma (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
11Calopteryx virgo (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
12Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
13Platycnemis pennipes (Pallas, 1771) Preview
14Platycnemis acutipennis Selys, 1841 Preview
15Platycnemis latipes Rambur, 1842 Preview
16Ischnura elegans (Vander Linden, 1820) Preview
17Ischnura graellsii (Rambur, 1842) Preview
18Ischnura pumilio (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
19Enallagma cyathigerum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
20Coenagrion pulchellum (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
21Coenagrion puella (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
22Coenagrion mercuriale (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
23Coenagrion ornatum (Selys, 1850) Preview
24Coenagrion scitulum (Rambur, 1842) Preview
25Coenagrion caerulescens (Fonscolombe, 1838) Preview
26Coenagrion hastulatum (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
27Coenagrion lunulatum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
28Erythromma najas (Hansemann, 1823) Preview
29Erythromma viridulum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
30Erythromma lindenii (Selys, 1840) Preview
31Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Sulzer, 1776) Preview
32Ceriagrion tenellum (de Villers, 1789) Preview
33Nehalennia speciosa (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
34Aeshna mixta Latreille, 1805 Preview
35Aeshna affinis Vander Linden, 1820 Preview
36Aeshna isoceles (Müller, 1767) Preview
37Aeshna grandis (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
38Aeshna caerulea (Ström, 1783) Preview
39Aeshna cyanea (Müller, 1764) Preview
40Aeshna juncea (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
41Aeshna subarctica Walker, 1908 Preview
42Anax imperator Leach, 1815 Preview
43Anax parthenope (Selys, 1839) Preview
44Anax ephippiger (Burmeister, 1839) Preview
45Brachytron pratense (Müller, 1764) Preview
46Boyeria irene (Fonscolombe, 1838) Preview
47Gomphus vulgatissimus (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
48Gomphus graslinii Rambur, 1842 Preview
49Gomphus simillimus Selys, 1840 Preview
50Gomphus pulchellus Selys, 1840 Preview
51Stylurus flavipes (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
52Ophiogomphus cecilia (Fourcroy, 1785) Preview
53Onychogomphus uncatus (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
54Onychogomphus forcipatus (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
55Cordulegaster boltonii (Donovan, 1807) Preview
56Cordulegaster bidentata Selys, 1843 Preview
57Oxygastra curtisii (Dale, 1834) Preview
58Macromia splendens (Pictet, 1843) Preview
59Cordulia aenea (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
60Somatochlora metallica (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
61Somatochlora meridionalis Nielsen, 1935 Preview
62Somatochlora flavomaculata (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
63Somatochlora arctica (Zetterstedt, 1840) Preview
64Somatochlora alpestris (Selys, 1840) Preview
65Epitheca bimaculata (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
66Libellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus, 1758 Preview
67Libellula depressa Linnaeus, 1758 Preview
68Libellula fulva Müller, 1764 Preview
69Orthetrum cancellatum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
70Orthetrum albistylum (Selys, 1848) Preview
71Orthetrum coerulescens (Fabricius, 1798) Preview
72Orthetrum brunneum (Fonscolombe, 1837) Preview
73Leucorrhinia dubia (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
74Leucorrhinia rubicunda (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
75Leucorrhinia pectoralis (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
76Leucorrhinia albifrons (Burmeister, 1839) Preview
77Leucorrhinia caudalis (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
78Sympetrum danae (Sulzer, 1776) Preview
79Sympetrum pedemontanum (Müller in Allioni, 1766) Preview
80Sympetrum sanguineum (Müller, 1764) Preview
81Sympetrum depressiusculum (Selys, 1841) Preview
82Sympetrum flaveolum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
83Sympetrum fonscolombii (Selys, 1840) Preview
84Sympetrum striolatum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
85Sympetrum vulgatum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
86Sympetrum meridionale (Selys, 1841) Preview
87Crocothemis erythraea (Brullé, 1832) Preview
88Trithemis annulata (Palisot de Beauvois, 1807) Preview
89Trithemis kirbyi Selys, 1891 Preview
90Selysiothemis nigra (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
91Pantala flavescens (Fabricius, 1798) Preview