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Checklist Italy: mainland; scientific names

Below is a checklist of the 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.


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

#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)
13Brachytron pratense (Müller, 1764)
14Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis (Vander Linden, 1825)
15Calopteryx splendens (Harris, 1782)
16Calopteryx virgo (Linnaeus, 1758)
17Calopteryx xanthostoma (Charpentier, 1825)
18Ceriagrion tenellum (de Villers, 1789)
19Chalcolestes parvidens (Artobolevskii, 1929)
20Chalcolestes viridis (Vander Linden, 1825)
21Coenagrion caerulescens (Fonscolombe, 1838)
22Coenagrion hastulatum (Charpentier, 1825)
23Coenagrion mercuriale (Charpentier, 1840)
24Coenagrion ornatum (Selys, 1850)
25Coenagrion puella (Linnaeus, 1758)
26Coenagrion pulchellum (Vander Linden, 1825)
27Coenagrion scitulum (Rambur, 1842)
28Cordulegaster bidentata Selys, 1843
29Cordulegaster boltonii (Donovan, 1807)
30Cordulegaster heros Theischinger, 1979
31Cordulegaster trinacriae Waterston, 1976
32Cordulia aenea (Linnaeus, 1758)
33Crocothemis erythraea (Brullé, 1832)
34Diplacodes lefebvrii (Rambur, 1842)
35Enallagma cyathigerum (Charpentier, 1840)
36Epitheca bimaculata (Charpentier, 1825)
37Erythromma lindenii (Selys, 1840)
38Erythromma najas (Hansemann, 1823)
39Erythromma viridulum (Charpentier, 1840)
40Gomphus flavipes (Charpentier, 1825)
41Gomphus pulchellus Selys, 1840
42Gomphus vulgatissimus (Linnaeus, 1758)
43Ischnura elegans (Vander Linden, 1820)
44Ischnura genei (Rambur, 1842)
45Ischnura pumilio (Charpentier, 1825)
46Lestes barbarus (Fabricius, 1798)
47Lestes dryas Kirby, 1890
48Lestes macrostigma (Eversmann, 1836)
49Lestes sponsa (Hansemann, 1823)
50Lestes virens (Charpentier, 1825)
51Leucorrhinia dubia (Vander Linden, 1825)
52Leucorrhinia pectoralis (Charpentier, 1825)
53Libellula depressa Linnaeus, 1758
54Libellula fulva Müller, 1764
55Libellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus, 1758
56Lindenia tetraphylla (Vander Linden, 1825)
57Nehalennia speciosa (Charpentier, 1840)
58Onychogomphus forcipatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
59Onychogomphus uncatus (Charpentier, 1840)
60Ophiogomphus cecilia (Fourcroy, 1785)
61Orthetrum albistylum (Selys, 1848)
62Orthetrum brunneum (Fonscolombe, 1837)
63Orthetrum cancellatum (Linnaeus, 1758)
64Orthetrum coerulescens (Fabricius, 1798)
65Orthetrum nitidinerve (Selys, 1841)
66Orthetrum trinacria (Selys, 1841)
67Oxygastra curtisii (Dale, 1834)
68Paragomphus genei (Selys, 1841)
69Platycnemis latipes Rambur, 1842
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)