Checklist Italy: mainland; scientific names

Below is a checklist of the 89 dragonfly and damselfly species for the area Italy: mainland. 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 Italian common names or 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 Italy: mainland 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.

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#Scientific name
1Aeshna affinis Vander Linden, 1820
2Aeshna caerulea (Ström, 1783)
3Aeshna cyanea (Müller, 1764)
4Aeshna grandis (Linnaeus, 1758)
5Aeshna isoceles (Müller, 1767)
6Aeshna juncea (Linnaeus, 1758)
7Aeshna mixta Latreille, 1805
8Aeshna subarctica Walker, 1908
9Anax ephippiger (Burmeister, 1839)
10Anax imperator Leach, 1815
11Anax parthenope (Selys, 1839)
12Boyeria irene (Fonscolombe, 1838)
13Brachythemis impartita (Burmeister, 1839)
14Brachytron pratense (Müller, 1764)
15Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis (Vander Linden, 1825)
16Calopteryx splendens (Harris, 1782)
17Calopteryx virgo (Linnaeus, 1758)
18Calopteryx xanthostoma (Charpentier, 1825)
19Ceriagrion tenellum (de Villers, 1789)
20Chalcolestes parvidens (Artobolevskii, 1929)
21Chalcolestes viridis (Vander Linden, 1825)
22Coenagrion caerulescens (Fonscolombe, 1838)
23Coenagrion hastulatum (Charpentier, 1825)
24Coenagrion mercuriale (Charpentier, 1840)
25Coenagrion ornatum (Selys, 1850)
26Coenagrion puella (Linnaeus, 1758)
27Coenagrion pulchellum (Vander Linden, 1825)
28Coenagrion scitulum (Rambur, 1842)
29Cordulegaster bidentata Selys, 1843
30Cordulegaster boltonii (Donovan, 1807)
31Cordulegaster heros Theischinger, 1979
32Cordulegaster trinacriae Waterston, 1976
33Cordulia aenea (Linnaeus, 1758)
34Crocothemis erythraea (Brullé, 1832)
35Diplacodes lefebvrii (Rambur, 1842)
36Enallagma cyathigerum (Charpentier, 1840)
37Epitheca bimaculata (Charpentier, 1825)
38Erythromma lindenii (Selys, 1840)
39Erythromma najas (Hansemann, 1823)
40Erythromma viridulum (Charpentier, 1840)
41Gomphus flavipes (Charpentier, 1825)
42Gomphus pulchellus Selys, 1840
43Gomphus vulgatissimus (Linnaeus, 1758)
44Ischnura elegans (Vander Linden, 1820)
45Ischnura genei (Rambur, 1842)
46Ischnura pumilio (Charpentier, 1825)
47Lestes barbarus (Fabricius, 1798)
48Lestes dryas Kirby, 1890
49Lestes macrostigma (Eversmann, 1836)
50Lestes sponsa (Hansemann, 1823)
51Lestes virens (Charpentier, 1825)
52Leucorrhinia dubia (Vander Linden, 1825)
53Leucorrhinia pectoralis (Charpentier, 1825)
54Libellula depressa Linnaeus, 1758
55Libellula fulva Müller, 1764
56Libellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus, 1758
57Lindenia tetraphylla (Vander Linden, 1825)
58Nehalennia speciosa (Charpentier, 1840)
59Onychogomphus forcipatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
60Onychogomphus uncatus (Charpentier, 1840)
61Ophiogomphus cecilia (Geoffroy in Fourcroy, 1785)
62Orthetrum albistylum (Selys, 1848)
63Orthetrum brunneum (Fonscolombe, 1837)
64Orthetrum cancellatum (Linnaeus, 1758)
65Orthetrum coerulescens (Fabricius, 1798)
66Orthetrum nitidinerve (Selys, 1841)
67Orthetrum trinacria (Selys, 1841)
68Oxygastra curtisii (Dale, 1834)
69Paragomphus genei (Selys, 1841)
70Platycnemis pennipes (Pallas, 1771)
71Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Sulzer, 1776)
72Selysiothemis nigra (Vander Linden, 1825)
73Somatochlora alpestris (Selys, 1840)
74Somatochlora arctica (Zetterstedt, 1840)
75Somatochlora flavomaculata (Vander Linden, 1825)
76Somatochlora meridionalis Nielsen, 1935
77Somatochlora metallica (Vander Linden, 1825)
78Sympecma fusca (Vander Linden, 1820)
79Sympecma paedisca (Brauer, 1877)
80Sympetrum danae (Sulzer, 1776)
81Sympetrum depressiusculum (Selys, 1841)
82Sympetrum flaveolum (Linnaeus, 1758)
83Sympetrum fonscolombii (Selys, 1840)
84Sympetrum meridionale (Selys, 1841)
85Sympetrum pedemontanum (Müller in Allioni, 1766)
86Sympetrum sanguineum (Müller, 1764)
87Sympetrum striolatum (Charpentier, 1840)
88Sympetrum vulgatum (Linnaeus, 1758)
89Trithemis annulata (Palisot de Beauvois, 1807)