Checklist Italy: mainland; Italian common names

Below is a checklist of the 90 dragonfly and damselfly species for the area Italy: mainland. 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 or the scientific 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 Italy: mainland by using the Previous (<==) and Next (==>) buttons at the bottom of each page. If you would prefer to see it sorted alphabetically on the Italian common 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.

#Italian common name
1Verdina boreale (Lestes sponsa) Preview
2Verdina robusta (Lestes dryas) Preview
3Verdina delle saline (Lestes macrostigma) Preview
4Verdina barbara (Lestes barbarus) Preview
5Verdina minore (Lestes virens) Preview
6Verdina maggiore (Chalcolestes viridis) Preview
7Verdina orientale (Chalcolestes parvidens) Preview
8Invernina comune (Sympecma fusca) Preview
9Invernina delle brughiere (Sympecma paedisca) Preview
10Splendente comune (Calopteryx splendens) Preview
11Splendente ligure (Calopteryx xanthostoma) Preview
12Splendente di fonte (Calopteryx virgo) Preview
13Splendente culviola (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) Preview
14Zampalarga comune (Platycnemis pennipes) Preview
15Codazzurra comune (Ischnura elegans) Preview
16Codazzurra insulare (Ischnura genei) Preview
17Codazzurra minore (Ischnura pumilio) Preview
18Azzurrina portacalice (Enallagma cyathigerum) Preview
19Azzurrina variabile (Coenagrion pulchellum) Preview
20Azzurrina comune (Coenagrion puella) Preview
21Azzurrina di Mercurio (Coenagrion mercuriale) Preview
22Azzurrina balcanica (Coenagrion ornatum) Preview
23Azzurrina delicata (Coenagrion scitulum) Preview
24Azzurrina mediterranea (Coenagrion caerulescens) Preview
25Azzurrina alpina (Coenagrion hastulatum) Preview
26Occhirossi maggiore (Erythromma najas) Preview
27Occhirossi minore (Erythromma viridulum) Preview
28Occhirossi dubbia (Erythromma lindenii) Preview
29Scintilla zampenere (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Preview
30Scintilla zamperosse (Ceriagrion tenellum) Preview
31Codazzurra pigmea (Nehalennia speciosa) Preview
32Dragone autunnale (Aeshna mixta) Preview
33Dragone occhiblu (Aeshna affinis) Preview
34Dragone occhiverdi (Aeshna isoceles) Preview
35Dragone bruno (Aeshna grandis) Preview
36Dragone azzurro (Aeshna caerulea) Preview
37Dragone verdeazzurro (Aeshna cyanea) Preview
38Dragone alpino (Aeshna juncea) Preview
39Dragone artico (Aeshna subarctica) Preview
40Imperatore comune (Anax imperator) Preview
41Imperatore minore (Anax parthenope) Preview
42Imperatore migrante (Anax ephippiger) Preview
43Dragone peloso (Brachytron pratense) Preview
44Dragone spettro (Boyeria irene) Preview
45Gonfo comune (Gomphus vulgatissimus) Preview
46Gonfo d'Oltralpe (Gomphus pulchellus) Preview
47Gonfo zampegialle (Stylurus flavipes) Preview
48Gonfo serpentino (Ophiogomphus cecilia) Preview
49Gonfo pinzato (Onychogomphus uncatus) Preview
50Gonfo forcipato (Onychogomphus forcipatus) Preview
51Gonfo uncinato (Paragomphus genei) Preview
52Lindenia (Lindenia tetraphylla) Preview
53Guardaruscello comune (Cordulegaster boltonii) Preview
54Guardaruscello meridionale (Cordulegaster trinacriae) Preview
55Guardaruscello balcanico (Cordulegaster heros) Preview
56Guardaruscello collinare (Cordulegaster bidentata) Preview
57Smeralda di fiume (Oxygastra curtisii) Preview
58Smeralda bronzea (Cordulia aenea) Preview
59Smeralda metallica (Somatochlora metallica) Preview
60Smeralda meridionale (Somatochlora meridionalis) Preview
61Smeralda maculata (Somatochlora flavomaculata) Preview
62Smeralda artica (Somatochlora arctica) Preview
63Smeralda alpina (Somatochlora alpestris) Preview
64Bimacchiata (Epitheca bimaculata) Preview
65Libellula quadrimacchiata (Libellula quadrimaculata) Preview
66Libellula panciapiatta (Libellula depressa) Preview
67Libellula frontenera (Libellula fulva) Preview
68Frecciazzurra puntanera (Orthetrum cancellatum) Preview
69Frecciazzurra puntabianca (Orthetrum albistylum) Preview
70Frecciazzurra minore (Orthetrum coerulescens) Preview
71Frecciazzurra celeste (Orthetrum brunneum) Preview
72Frecciazzurra del deserto (Orthetrum nitidinerve) Preview
73Frecciazzurra meridionale (Orthetrum trinacria) Preview
74Frontebianca comune (Leucorrhinia dubia) Preview
75Frontebianca maggiore (Leucorrhinia pectoralis) Preview
76Cardinale nero (Sympetrum danae) Preview
77Cardinale alifasciate (Sympetrum pedemontanum) Preview
78Cardinale sanguineo (Sympetrum sanguineum) Preview
79Cardinale padano (Sympetrum depressiusculum) Preview
80Cardinale dorato (Sympetrum flaveolum) Preview
81Cardinale venerosse (Sympetrum fonscolombii) Preview
82Cardinale striato (Sympetrum striolatum) Preview
83Cardinale boreale (Sympetrum vulgatum) Preview
84Cardinale meridionale (Sympetrum meridionale) Preview
85Frecciarossa (Crocothemis erythraea) Preview
86Obelisco violetto (Trithemis annulata) Preview
87Frecciamora fasciata (Brachythemis impartita) Preview
88Freccia carbone (Diplacodes lefebvrii) Preview
89Freccianera (Selysiothemis nigra) Preview
90Frecciaerrante (Pantala flavescens) Preview