Checklist for the United Kingdom: Great Britain; scientific 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 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 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 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 barbarus (Fabricius, 1798) Preview
4Lestes virens (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
5Chalcolestes viridis (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
6Sympecma fusca (Vander Linden, 1820) Preview
7Calopteryx splendens (Harris, 1780) Preview
8Calopteryx virgo (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
9Platycnemis pennipes (Pallas, 1771) Preview
10Ischnura elegans (Vander Linden, 1820) Preview
11Ischnura pumilio (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
12Enallagma cyathigerum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
13Coenagrion pulchellum (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
14Coenagrion puella (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
15Coenagrion mercuriale (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
16Coenagrion scitulum (Rambur, 1842) Preview
17Coenagrion hastulatum (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
18Coenagrion armatum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
19Erythromma najas (Hansemann, 1823) Preview
20Erythromma viridulum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
21Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Sulzer, 1776) Preview
22Ceriagrion tenellum (de Villers, 1789) Preview
23Aeshna mixta Latreille, 1805 Preview
24Aeshna affinis Vander Linden, 1820 Preview
25Aeshna isoceles (Müller, 1767) Preview
26Aeshna grandis (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
27Aeshna caerulea (Ström, 1783) Preview
28Aeshna cyanea (Müller, 1764) Preview
29Aeshna juncea (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
30Anax imperator Leach, 1815 Preview
31Anax parthenope (Selys, 1839) Preview
32Anax ephippiger (Burmeister, 1839) Preview
33Brachytron pratense (Müller, 1764) Preview
34Gomphus vulgatissimus (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
35Stylurus flavipes (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
36Cordulegaster boltonii (Donovan, 1807) Preview
37Oxygastra curtisii (Dale, 1834) Preview
38Cordulia aenea (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
39Somatochlora metallica (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
40Somatochlora arctica (Zetterstedt, 1840) Preview
41Libellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus, 1758 Preview
42Libellula depressa Linnaeus, 1758 Preview
43Libellula fulva Müller, 1764 Preview
44Orthetrum cancellatum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
45Orthetrum coerulescens (Fabricius, 1798) Preview
46Leucorrhinia dubia (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
47Sympetrum danae (Sulzer, 1776) Preview
48Sympetrum pedemontanum (Müller in Allioni, 1766) Preview
49Sympetrum sanguineum (Müller, 1764) Preview
50Sympetrum flaveolum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
51Sympetrum fonscolombii (Selys, 1840) Preview
52Sympetrum striolatum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
53Sympetrum vulgatum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
54Crocothemis erythraea (Brullé, 1832) Preview