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 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 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 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
1Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella) Preview
2Azure Hawker (Aeshna caerulea) Preview
3Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) Preview
4Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) Preview
5Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) Preview
6Black Darter (Sympetrum danae) Preview
7Black-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) Preview
8Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) Preview
9Blue Emperor (Anax imperator) Preview
10Blue Featherleg (Platycnemis pennipes) Preview
11Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) Preview
12Blue-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna affinis) Preview
13Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) Preview
14Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) Preview
15Broad-Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) Preview
16Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis) Preview
17Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum) Preview
18Common Bluetail (Ischnura elegans) Preview
19Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus) Preview
20Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) Preview
21Common Goldenring (Cordulegaster boltonii) Preview
22Common Spreadwing (Lestes sponsa) Preview
23Common Winter Damsel (Sympecma fusca) Preview
24Dainty Bluet (Coenagrion scitulum) Preview
25Dark Bluet (Coenagrion armatum) Preview
26Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) Preview
27Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) Preview
28Green-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles) Preview
29Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense) Preview
30Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) Preview
31Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Preview
32Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) Preview
33Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) Preview
34Mercury Bluet (Coenagrion mercuriale) Preview
35Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) Preview
36Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) Preview
37Moorland Hawker (Aeshna juncea) Preview
38Moustached Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum) Preview
39Northern Emerald (Somatochlora arctica) Preview
40Orange-Spotted Emerald (Oxygastra curtisii) Preview
41Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) Preview
42River Clubtail (Stylurus flavipes) Preview
43Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) Preview
44Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) Preview
45Small Bluetail (Ischnura pumilio) Preview
46Small Red Damsel (Ceriagrion tenellum) Preview
47Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) Preview
48Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) Preview
49Small Whiteface (Leucorrhinia dubia) Preview
50Spearhead Bluet (Coenagrion hastulatum) Preview
51Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger) Preview
52Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum) Preview
53Western Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes viridis) Preview
54Yellow-Winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum) Preview