Checklist Ireland; scientific names

Below is a checklist of the 32 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 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 Ireland 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
1Calopteryx splendens (Harris, 1782)
2Calopteryx virgo (Linnaeus, 1758)
3Lestes sponsa (Hansemann, 1823)
4Lestes dryas Kirby, 1890
5Ischnura elegans (Vander Linden, 1820)
6Ischnura pumilio (Charpentier, 1825)
7Enallagma cyathigerum (Charpentier, 1840)
8Coenagrion pulchellum (Vander Linden, 1825)
9Coenagrion puella (Linnaeus, 1758)
10Coenagrion lunulatum (Charpentier, 1840)
11Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Sulzer, 1776)
12Aeshna mixta Latreille, 1805
13Aeshna grandis (Linnaeus, 1758)
14Aeshna cyanea (Müller, 1764)
15Aeshna juncea (Linnaeus, 1758)
16Anax imperator Leach, 1815
17Anax parthenope (Selys, 1839)
18Anax ephippiger (Burmeister, 1839)
19Brachytron pratense (Müller, 1764)
20Cordulegaster boltonii (Donovan, 1807)
21Cordulia aenea (Linnaeus, 1758)
22Somatochlora arctica (Zetterstedt, 1840)
23Libellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus, 1758
24Libellula depressa Linnaeus, 1758
25Libellula fulva Müller, 1764
26Orthetrum cancellatum (Linnaeus, 1758)
27Orthetrum coerulescens (Fabricius, 1798)
28Sympetrum danae (Sulzer, 1776)
29Sympetrum sanguineum (Müller, 1764)
30Sympetrum flaveolum (Linnaeus, 1758)
31Sympetrum fonscolombii (Selys, 1840)
32Sympetrum striolatum (Charpentier, 1840)