Checklist for the Russian Federation: mainland; English common names

Below is a checklist of the 84 dragonfly and damselfly species for the area Russian Federation: 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 Russian Federation: 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
6Eastern Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes parvidens) Preview
7Common Winter Damsel (Sympecma fusca) Preview
8Siberian Winter Damsel (Sympecma paedisca) Preview
9Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) Preview
10Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) Preview
11Blue Featherleg (Platycnemis pennipes) Preview
12Common Bluetail (Ischnura elegans) Preview
13Oasis Bluetail (Ischnura fountaineae) Preview
14Small Bluetail (Ischnura pumilio) Preview
15Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum) Preview
16Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum) Preview
17Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella) Preview
18Ornate Bluet (Coenagrion ornatum) Preview
19Dainty Bluet (Coenagrion scitulum) Preview
20Spearhead Bluet (Coenagrion hastulatum) Preview
21Crescent Bluet (Coenagrion lunulatum) Preview
22Siberian Bluet (Coenagrion hylas) Preview
23Arctic Bluet (Coenagrion johanssoni) Preview
24Dark Bluet (Coenagrion armatum) Preview
25Large Redeye (Erythromma najas) Preview
26Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum) Preview
27Blue-Eye (Erythromma lindenii) Preview
28Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Preview
29Sedgling (Nehalennia speciosa) Preview
30Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) Preview
31Blue-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna affinis) Preview
32Green-Eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles) Preview
33Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis) Preview
34Azure Hawker (Aeshna caerulea) Preview
35Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) Preview
36Green Hawker (Aeshna viridis) Preview
37Moorland Hawker (Aeshna juncea) Preview
38Bog Hawker (Aeshna subarctica) Preview
39Baltic Hawker (Aeshna serrata) Preview
40Siberian Hawker (Aeshna crenata) Preview
41Blue Emperor (Anax imperator) Preview
42Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) Preview
43Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger) Preview
44Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense) Preview
45Eastern Spectre (Caliaeschna microstigma) Preview
46Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus) Preview
47River Clubtail (Stylurus flavipes) Preview
48Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia) Preview
49Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus) Preview
50Bladetail (Lindenia tetraphylla) Preview
51Common Goldenring (Cordulegaster boltonii) Preview
52Turkish Goldenring (Cordulegaster picta) Preview
53Blue-Eyed Goldenring (Cordulegaster insignis) Preview
54Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) Preview
55Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) Preview
56Yellow-Spotted Emerald (Somatochlora flavomaculata) Preview
57Northern Emerald (Somatochlora arctica) Preview
58Alpine Emerald (Somatochlora alpestris) Preview
59Treeline Emerald (Somatochlora sahlbergi) Preview
60Eurasian Baskettail (Epitheca bimaculata) Preview
61Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) Preview
62Broad-Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) Preview
63Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva) Preview
64Black-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) Preview
65White-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum albistylum) Preview
66Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) Preview
67Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum) Preview
68Small Whiteface (Leucorrhinia dubia) Preview
69Ruby Whiteface (Leucorrhinia rubicunda) Preview
70Yellow-Spotted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia pectoralis) Preview
71Dark Whiteface (Leucorrhinia albifrons) Preview
72Lilypad Whiteface (Leucorrhinia caudalis) Preview
73Black Darter (Sympetrum danae) Preview
74Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum) Preview
75Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) Preview
76Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum) Preview
77Yellow-Winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum) Preview
78Red-Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) Preview
79Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) Preview
80Moustached Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum) Preview
81Southern Darter (Sympetrum meridionale) Preview
82Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) Preview
83Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra) Preview
84Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) Preview