Checklist for the United Kingdom: Great Britain; English common names

Below is a checklist of the 54 dragonfly and damselfly species for the area United Kingdom: Great Britain. 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 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 United Kingdom: Great Britain 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
3Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) Preview
4Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) Preview
5Western Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes viridis) Preview
6Common Winter Damsel (Sympecma fusca) Preview
7Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) Preview
8Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) Preview
9Blue Featherleg (Platycnemis pennipes) Preview
10Common Bluetail (Ischnura elegans) Preview
11Small Bluetail (Ischnura pumilio) Preview
12Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum) Preview
13Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum) Preview
14Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella) Preview
15Mercury Bluet (Coenagrion mercuriale) Preview
16Dainty Bluet (Coenagrion scitulum) Preview
17Spearhead Bluet (Coenagrion hastulatum) Preview
18Dark Bluet (Coenagrion armatum) Preview
19Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) Preview
20Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) Preview
21Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Preview
22Small Red Damsel (Ceriagrion tenellum) Preview
23Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) Preview
24Blue-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna affinis) Preview
25Green-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles) Preview
26Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis) Preview
27Azure Hawker (Aeshna caerulea) Preview
28Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) Preview
29Moorland Hawker (Aeshna juncea) Preview
30Blue Emperor (Anax imperator) Preview
31Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) Preview
32Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger) Preview
33Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense) Preview
34Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus) Preview
35River Clubtail (Stylurus flavipes) Preview
36Common Goldenring (Cordulegaster boltonii) Preview
37Orange-Spotted Emerald (Oxygastra curtisii) Preview
38Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) Preview
39Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) Preview
40Northern Emerald (Somatochlora arctica) Preview
41Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) Preview
42Broad-Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) Preview
43Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) Preview
44Black-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) Preview
45Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) Preview
46Small Whiteface (Leucorrhinia dubia) Preview
47Black Darter (Sympetrum danae) Preview
48Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) Preview
49Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) Preview
50Yellow-Winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum) Preview
51Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) Preview
52Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) Preview
53Moustached Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum) Preview
54Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) Preview