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 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 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.

#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
8Anax ephippiger (Burmeister, 1839) Preview
9Anax imperator Leach, 1815 Preview
10Anax parthenope (Selys, 1839) Preview
11Brachytron pratense (Müller, 1764) Preview
12Calopteryx splendens (Harris, 1780) Preview
13Calopteryx virgo (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
14Ceriagrion tenellum (de Villers, 1789) Preview
15Chalcolestes viridis (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
16Coenagrion armatum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
17Coenagrion hastulatum (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
18Coenagrion mercuriale (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
19Coenagrion puella (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
20Coenagrion pulchellum (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
21Coenagrion scitulum (Rambur, 1842) Preview
22Cordulegaster boltonii (Donovan, 1807) Preview
23Cordulia aenea (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
24Crocothemis erythraea (Brullé, 1832) Preview
25Enallagma cyathigerum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
26Erythromma najas (Hansemann, 1823) Preview
27Erythromma viridulum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
28Gomphus vulgatissimus (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
29Ischnura elegans (Vander Linden, 1820) Preview
30Ischnura pumilio (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
31Lestes barbarus (Fabricius, 1798) Preview
32Lestes dryas Kirby, 1890 Preview
33Lestes sponsa (Hansemann, 1823) Preview
34Lestes virens (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
35Leucorrhinia dubia (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
36Libellula depressa Linnaeus, 1758 Preview
37Libellula fulva Müller, 1764 Preview
38Libellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus, 1758 Preview
39Orthetrum cancellatum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
40Orthetrum coerulescens (Fabricius, 1798) Preview
41Oxygastra curtisii (Dale, 1834) Preview
42Platycnemis pennipes (Pallas, 1771) Preview
43Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Sulzer, 1776) Preview
44Somatochlora arctica (Zetterstedt, 1840) Preview
45Somatochlora metallica (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
46Stylurus flavipes (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
47Sympecma fusca (Vander Linden, 1820) Preview
48Sympetrum danae (Sulzer, 1776) Preview
49Sympetrum flaveolum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
50Sympetrum fonscolombii (Selys, 1840) Preview
51Sympetrum pedemontanum (Müller in Allioni, 1766) Preview
52Sympetrum sanguineum (Müller, 1764) Preview
53Sympetrum striolatum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
54Sympetrum vulgatum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview