Checklist for the Netherlands; English common names

Below is a checklist of the 71 dragonfly and damselfly species for the area Netherlands. 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 Dutch common names or 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 Netherlands 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
3Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) Preview
4Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) Preview
5Western Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes viridis) Preview
6Common Winter Damsel (Sympecma fusca) Preview
7Siberian Winter Damsel (Sympecma paedisca) Preview
8Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) Preview
9Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) Preview
10Blue Featherleg (Platycnemis pennipes) Preview
11Common Bluetail (Ischnura elegans) Preview
12Small Bluetail (Ischnura pumilio) Preview
13Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum) Preview
14Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum) Preview
15Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella) Preview
16Mercury Bluet (Coenagrion mercuriale) Preview
17Dainty Bluet (Coenagrion scitulum) Preview
18Spearhead Bluet (Coenagrion hastulatum) Preview
19Crescent Bluet (Coenagrion lunulatum) Preview
20Dark Bluet (Coenagrion armatum) Preview
21Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) Preview
22Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) Preview
23Blue-Eye (Erythromma lindenii) Preview
24Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Preview
25Small Red Damsel (Ceriagrion tenellum) Preview
26Sedgling (Nehalennia speciosa) Preview
27Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) Preview
28Blue-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna affinis) Preview
29Green-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles) Preview
30Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis) Preview
31Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) Preview
32Green Hawker (Aeshna viridis) Preview
33Moorland Hawker (Aeshna juncea) Preview
34Bog Hawker (Aeshna subarctica) Preview
35Blue Emperor (Anax imperator) Preview
36Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) Preview
37Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger) Preview
38Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense) Preview
39Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus) Preview
40Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) Preview
41River Clubtail (Stylurus flavipes) Preview
42Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia) Preview
43Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus) Preview
44Common Goldenring (Cordulegaster boltonii) Preview
45Orange-Spotted Emerald (Oxygastra curtisii) Preview
46Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) Preview
47Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) Preview
48Yellow-Spotted Emerald (Somatochlora flavomaculata) Preview
49Northern Emerald (Somatochlora arctica) Preview
50Eurasian Baskettail (Epitheca bimaculata) Preview
51Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) Preview
52Broad-Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) Preview
53Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) Preview
54Black-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) Preview
55Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) Preview
56Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum) Preview
57Small Whiteface (Leucorrhinia dubia) Preview
58Ruby Whiteface (Leucorrhinia rubicunda) Preview
59Yellow-Spotted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia pectoralis) Preview
60Dark Whiteface (Leucorrhinia albifrons) Preview
61Lilypad Whiteface (Leucorrhinia caudalis) Preview
62Black Darter (Sympetrum danae) Preview
63Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) Preview
64Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) Preview
65Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) Preview
66Yellow-Winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum) Preview
67Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) Preview
68Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) Preview
69Moustached Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum) Preview
70Southern Darter (Sympetrum meridionale) Preview
71Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) Preview