Checklist for the Netherlands; scientific 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 English common 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 species' scientific 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.

#Scientific name
1Lestes sponsa (Hansemann, 1823) Preview
2Lestes dryas Kirby, 1890 Preview
3Lestes barbarus (Fabricius, 1798) Preview
4Lestes virens (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
5Chalcolestes viridis (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
6Sympecma fusca (Vander Linden, 1820) Preview
7Sympecma paedisca (Brauer, 1877) Preview
8Calopteryx splendens (Harris, 1780) Preview
9Calopteryx virgo (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
10Platycnemis pennipes (Pallas, 1771) Preview
11Ischnura elegans (Vander Linden, 1820) Preview
12Ischnura pumilio (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
13Enallagma cyathigerum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
14Coenagrion pulchellum (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
15Coenagrion puella (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
16Coenagrion mercuriale (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
17Coenagrion scitulum (Rambur, 1842) Preview
18Coenagrion hastulatum (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
19Coenagrion lunulatum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
20Coenagrion armatum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
21Erythromma najas (Hansemann, 1823) Preview
22Erythromma viridulum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
23Erythromma lindenii (Selys, 1840) Preview
24Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Sulzer, 1776) Preview
25Ceriagrion tenellum (de Villers, 1789) Preview
26Nehalennia speciosa (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
27Aeshna mixta Latreille, 1805 Preview
28Aeshna affinis Vander Linden, 1820 Preview
29Aeshna isoceles (Müller, 1767) Preview
30Aeshna grandis (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
31Aeshna cyanea (Müller, 1764) Preview
32Aeshna viridis Eversmann, 1836 Preview
33Aeshna juncea (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
34Aeshna subarctica Walker, 1908 Preview
35Anax imperator Leach, 1815 Preview
36Anax parthenope (Selys, 1839) Preview
37Anax ephippiger (Burmeister, 1839) Preview
38Brachytron pratense (Müller, 1764) Preview
39Gomphus vulgatissimus (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
40Gomphus pulchellus Selys, 1840 Preview
41Stylurus flavipes (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
42Ophiogomphus cecilia (Fourcroy, 1785) Preview
43Onychogomphus forcipatus (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
44Cordulegaster boltonii (Donovan, 1807) Preview
45Oxygastra curtisii (Dale, 1834) Preview
46Cordulia aenea (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
47Somatochlora metallica (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
48Somatochlora flavomaculata (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
49Somatochlora arctica (Zetterstedt, 1840) Preview
50Epitheca bimaculata (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
51Libellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus, 1758 Preview
52Libellula depressa Linnaeus, 1758 Preview
53Libellula fulva Müller, 1764 Preview
54Orthetrum cancellatum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
55Orthetrum coerulescens (Fabricius, 1798) Preview
56Orthetrum brunneum (Fonscolombe, 1837) Preview
57Leucorrhinia dubia (Vander Linden, 1825) Preview
58Leucorrhinia rubicunda (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
59Leucorrhinia pectoralis (Charpentier, 1825) Preview
60Leucorrhinia albifrons (Burmeister, 1839) Preview
61Leucorrhinia caudalis (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
62Sympetrum danae (Sulzer, 1776) Preview
63Sympetrum pedemontanum (Müller in Allioni, 1766) Preview
64Sympetrum sanguineum (Müller, 1764) Preview
65Sympetrum depressiusculum (Selys, 1841) Preview
66Sympetrum flaveolum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
67Sympetrum fonscolombii (Selys, 1840) Preview
68Sympetrum striolatum (Charpentier, 1840) Preview
69Sympetrum vulgatum (Linnaeus, 1758) Preview
70Sympetrum meridionale (Selys, 1841) Preview
71Crocothemis erythraea (Brullé, 1832) Preview