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