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 alphabetically on the species' scientific 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.

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