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 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.

Please click on a species name below to see our 20 photographs of that species.

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