Checklist Latvia; English common names

Below is a checklist of the 60 dragonfly and damselfly species for the area Latvia. 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 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 Latvia by using the Previous (<==) and Next (==>) buttons at the bottom of each page. If you would prefer to see it sorted alphabetically on the English 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.

#English common name
1Common Spreadwing (Lestes sponsa) Preview
2Robust Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) Preview
3Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) Preview
4Siberian Winter Damsel (Sympecma paedisca) Preview
5Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) Preview
6Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) Preview
7Blue Featherleg (Platycnemis pennipes) Preview
8Common Bluetail (Ischnura elegans) Preview
9Small Bluetail (Ischnura pumilio) Preview
10Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum) Preview
11Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum) Preview
12Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella) Preview
13Spearhead Bluet (Coenagrion hastulatum) Preview
14Crescent Bluet (Coenagrion lunulatum) Preview
15Arctic Bluet (Coenagrion johanssoni) Preview
16Dark Bluet (Coenagrion armatum) Preview
17Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) Preview
18Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) Preview
19Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Preview
20Sedgling (Nehalennia speciosa) Preview
21Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) Preview
22Green-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles) Preview
23Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis) Preview
24Azure Hawker (Aeshna caerulea) Preview
25Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) Preview
26Green Hawker (Aeshna viridis) Preview
27Moorland Hawker (Aeshna juncea) Preview
28Bog Hawker (Aeshna subarctica) Preview
29Siberian Hawker (Aeshna crenata) Preview
30Blue Emperor (Anax imperator) Preview
31Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) Preview
32Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger) Preview
33Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense) Preview
34Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus) Preview
35River Clubtail (Stylurus flavipes) Preview
36Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia) Preview
37Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus) Preview
38Common Goldenring (Cordulegaster boltonii) Preview
39Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) Preview
40Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) Preview
41Yellow-Spotted Emerald (Somatochlora flavomaculata) Preview
42Northern Emerald (Somatochlora arctica) Preview
43Eurasian Baskettail (Epitheca bimaculata) Preview
44Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) Preview
45Broad-Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) Preview
46Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) Preview
47Black-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) Preview
48Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum) Preview
49Small Whiteface (Leucorrhinia dubia) Preview
50Ruby Whiteface (Leucorrhinia rubicunda) Preview
51Yellow-Spotted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia pectoralis) Preview
52Dark Whiteface (Leucorrhinia albifrons) Preview
53Lilypad Whiteface (Leucorrhinia caudalis) Preview
54Black Darter (Sympetrum danae) Preview
55Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) Preview
56Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) Preview
57Yellow-Winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum) Preview
58Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) Preview
59Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) Preview
60Moustached Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum) Preview