Checklist Portugal: mainland; English common names

Below is a checklist of the 65 dragonfly and damselfly species for the area Portugal: mainland. 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 Portugal: mainland 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
3Dark Spreadwing (Lestes macrostigma) Preview
4Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus) Preview
5Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens) Preview
6Western Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes viridis) Preview
7Common Winter Damsel (Sympecma fusca) Preview
8Western Demoiselle (Calopteryx xanthostoma) Preview
9Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) Preview
10Copper Demoiselle (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) Preview
11Orange Featherleg (Platycnemis acutipennis) Preview
12White Featherleg (Platycnemis latipes) Preview
13Iberian Bluetail (Ischnura graellsii) Preview
14Small Bluetail (Ischnura pumilio) Preview
15Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum) Preview
16Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum) Preview
17Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella) Preview
18Mercury Bluet (Coenagrion mercuriale) Preview
19Dainty Bluet (Coenagrion scitulum) Preview
20Mediterranean Bluet (Coenagrion caerulescens) Preview
21Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) Preview
22Blue-Eye (Erythromma lindenii) Preview
23Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Preview
24Small Red Damsel (Ceriagrion tenellum) Preview
25Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) Preview
26Blue-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna affinis) Preview
27Green-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles) Preview
28Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) Preview
29Moorland Hawker (Aeshna juncea) Preview
30Blue Emperor (Anax imperator) Preview
31Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) Preview
32Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger) Preview
33Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense) Preview
34Western Spectre (Boyeria irene) Preview
35Pronged Clubtail (Gomphus graslinii) Preview
36Yellow Clubtail (Gomphus simillimus) Preview
37Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus) Preview
38Large Pincertail (Onychogomphus uncatus) Preview
39Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus) Preview
40Faded Pincertail (Onychogomphus costae) Preview
41Green Hooktail (Paragomphus genei) Preview
42Common Goldenring (Cordulegaster boltonii) Preview
43Orange-Spotted Emerald (Oxygastra curtisii) Preview
44Splendid Cruiser (Macromia splendens) Preview
45Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) Preview
46Broad-Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) Preview
47Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) Preview
48Black-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) Preview
49Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) Preview
50Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum) Preview
51Yellow-Veined Skimmer (Orthetrum nitidinerve) Preview
52Epaulet Skimmer (Orthetrum chrysostigma) Preview
53Long Skimmer (Orthetrum trinacria) Preview
54Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) Preview
55Yellow-Winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum) Preview
56Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) Preview
57Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) Preview
58Southern Darter (Sympetrum meridionale) Preview
59Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) Preview
60Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata) Preview
61Orange-Winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi) Preview
62Northern Banded Groundling (Brachythemis impartita) Preview
63Black Percher (Diplacodes lefebvrii) Preview
64Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) Preview
65Ringed Cascader (Zygonyx torridus) Preview