Checklist Italy: mainland; scientific 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 Italian common names or 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 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 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
1Lestes sponsa (Hansemann, 1823) Preview
2Lestes dryas Kirby, 1890 Preview
3Lestes macrostigma (Eversmann, 1836) Preview
4Lestes barbarus (Fabricius, 1798) Preview
5Lestes virens (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
6Chalcolestes viridis (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
7Chalcolestes parvidens (Artobolevsky, 1929) Preview
8Sympecma fusca (Vander Linden, 1820) Preview
9Sympecma paedisca (Brauer, 1877) Preview
10Calopteryx splendens (Harris, 1780) Preview
11Calopteryx xanthostoma (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
12Calopteryx virgo (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
13Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
14Platycnemis pennipes (Pallas, 1771) Preview
15Ischnura elegans (Vander Linden, 1820) Preview
16Ischnura genei (Rambur, 1842) Preview
17Ischnura pumilio (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
18Enallagma cyathigerum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
19Coenagrion pulchellum (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
20Coenagrion puella (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
21Coenagrion mercuriale (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
22Coenagrion ornatum (Selys, 1850) Preview
23Coenagrion scitulum (Rambur, 1842) Preview
24Coenagrion caerulescens (Fonscolombe, 1838) Preview
25Coenagrion hastulatum (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
26Erythromma najas (Hansemann, 1823) Preview
27Erythromma viridulum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
28Erythromma lindenii (Selys, 1840) Preview
29Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Sulzer, 1776) Preview
30Ceriagrion tenellum (de Villers, 1789) Preview
31Nehalennia speciosa (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
32Aeshna mixta Latreille, 1805 Preview
33Aeshna affinis Vander Linden, 1820 Preview
34Aeshna isoceles (Müller, 1767) Preview
35Aeshna grandis (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
36Aeshna caerulea (Ström, 1783) Preview
37Aeshna cyanea (Müller, 1764) Preview
38Aeshna juncea (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
39Aeshna subarctica Walker, 1908 Preview
40Anax imperator Leach, 1815 Preview
41Anax parthenope (Selys, 1839) Preview
42Anax ephippiger (Burmeister, 1839) Preview
43Brachytron pratense (Müller, 1764) Preview
44Boyeria irene (Fonscolombe, 1838) Preview
45Gomphus vulgatissimus (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
46Gomphus pulchellus Selys, 1840 Preview
47Stylurus flavipes (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
48Ophiogomphus cecilia (Fourcroy, 1785) Preview
49Onychogomphus uncatus (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
50Onychogomphus forcipatus (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
51Paragomphus genei (Selys, 1841) Preview
52Lindenia tetraphylla (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
53Cordulegaster boltonii (Donovan, 1807) Preview
54Cordulegaster trinacriae Waterston, 1976 Preview
55Cordulegaster heros Theischinger, 1979 Preview
56Cordulegaster bidentata Selys, 1843 Preview
57Oxygastra curtisii (Dale, 1834) Preview
58Cordulia aenea (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
59Somatochlora metallica (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
60Somatochlora meridionalis Nielsen, 1935 Preview
61Somatochlora flavomaculata (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
62Somatochlora arctica (Zetterstedt, 1840) Preview
63Somatochlora alpestris (Selys, 1840) Preview
64Epitheca bimaculata (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
65Libellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus, 1758 Preview
66Libellula depressa Linnaeus, 1758 Preview
67Libellula fulva Müller, 1764 Preview
68Orthetrum cancellatum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
69Orthetrum albistylum (Selys, 1848) Preview
70Orthetrum coerulescens (Fabricius, 1798) Preview
71Orthetrum brunneum (Fonscolombe, 1837) Preview
72Orthetrum nitidinerve (Selys, 1841) Preview
73Orthetrum trinacria (Selys, 1841) Preview
74Leucorrhinia dubia (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
75Leucorrhinia pectoralis (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
76Sympetrum danae (Sulzer, 1776) Preview
77Sympetrum pedemontanum (Müller in Allioni, 1766) Preview
78Sympetrum sanguineum (Müller, 1764) Preview
79Sympetrum depressiusculum (Selys, 1841) Preview
80Sympetrum flaveolum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
81Sympetrum fonscolombii (Selys, 1840) Preview
82Sympetrum striolatum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
83Sympetrum vulgatum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
84Sympetrum meridionale (Selys, 1841) Preview
85Crocothemis erythraea (Brullé, 1832) Preview
86Trithemis annulata (Palisot de Beauvois, 1807) Preview
87Brachythemis impartita (Karsch, 1890) Preview
88Diplacodes lefebvrii (Rambur, 1842) Preview
89Selysiothemis nigra (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
90Pantala flavescens (Fabricius, 1798) Preview