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