Checklist Ireland; English common names

Below is a checklist of the dragonfly and damselfly species for the area Ireland. It's based on Dijkstra and Lewington's Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Britain and Europe (2006), 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 species' common names. 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)
2Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens)
3Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo)
4Black Darter (Sympetrum danae)
5Black-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum)
6Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva)
7Blue Emperor (Anax imperator)
8Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)
9Broad-Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa)
10Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)
11Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum)
12Common Bluetail (Ischnura elegans)
13Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)
14Common Goldenring (Cordulegaster boltonii)
15Common Spreadwing (Lestes sponsa)
16Crescent Bluet (Coenagrion lunulatum)
17Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea)
18Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)
19Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense)
20Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens)
21Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)
22Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope)
23Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)
24Moorland Hawker (Aeshna juncea)
25Northern Emerald (Somatochlora arctica)
26Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)
27Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas)
28Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)
29Small Bluetail (Ischnura pumilio)
30Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger)
31Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum)
32Yellow-Winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum)