Checklist of European species
With their common names in English, Dutch, German and French

The exact definition of Europe depends on whether political or bio-geographical borders are considered. To avoid confusion, the area covered by this website is defined as follows:

Europe is considered to be the area bounded by the Arctic Ocean to the north. Going clockwise from there Europe’s borders with Asia are formed by the Ural Mountains and Ural River, the Caspian Sea, the Caucasus Mountains, the Black Sea and the Bosporus. The Mediterranean Sea to the south separates Europe from Africa. The western boundary is the Atlantic Ocean. Islands are usually considered to geographically belong to the nearest large land mass, hence the inclusion of Iceland and the exclusion of Greenland (which is closer to North America). Cyprus, although closer to Asia Minor, is included due to its EU membership.

The table below lists all species of dragonflies and damselflies known from this area as well as their English, Dutch, German and French common names (if available). Follow their links to go to the respective species pages.

Note: English names are following Dijkstra & Lewington.
Species in orange currently do not yet have dedicated pages on this website due to lack of photos.

FamilyScientific nameEuropean English nameBritish and Irish nameDutch nameGerman nameFrench nameURL
CalopterygidaeCalopteryx haemorrhoidalis (Vander Linden, 1825)Copper DemoiselleKoperen beekjufferBronzene PrachtlibelleCaloptéryx hémorroïdallink
Calopteryx splendens (Harris, 1780) Banded DemoiselleBanded DemoiselleWeidebeekjufferGebänderte PrachtlibelleCaloptéryx éclatantlink
Calopteryx virgo (Linnaeus, 1758)Beautiful DemoiselleBeautiful DemoiselleBosbeekjufferBlauflügel-PrachtlibelleCaloptéryx viergelink
Calopteryx xanthostoma (Charpentier, 1825)Western DemoiselleIberische BeekjufferSüdwestliche PrachtlibelleCaloptéryx ouest méditerranéen
EuphaeidaeEpallage fatime (Charpentier, 1840)OdalisqueOriëntjufferBlaue OrientjungferEpallage fatimelink
LestidaeLestes barbarus (Fabricius, 1798) Migrant SpreadwingSouthern Emerald DamselflyZwervende pantserjufferSüdliche BinsenjungferLeste sauvagelink
Lestes dryas Kirby, 1890Robust SpreadwingScarce Emerald DamselflyTangpantserjufferGlänzende BinsenjungferLeste des boislink
Lestes macrostigma (Eversmann, 1836)Dark SpreadwingGrote pantserjufferDunkle BinsenjungferLeste à grands ptérostigmaslink
Lestes sponsa (Hansemann, 1823) Common SpreadwingEmerald DamselflyGewone pantserjufferGemeine BinsenjungferLeste fiancélink
Lestes virens (Charpentier, 1825)Small SpreadwingTengere pantserjufferKleine BinsenjungferLeste verdoyantlink
Chalcolestes parvidens (Artobolevskii, 1929)Eastern Willow SpreadwingOostelijke houtpantserjufferÖstliche WeidenjungferLeste italienlink
Chalcolestes viridis (Vander Linden, 1825)Western Willow SpreadwingWillow Emerald DamselflyHoutpantserjufferWestliche WeidenjungferLeste vertlink
Sympecma fusca (Vander Linden, 1820)Common Winter DamselflyWinter DamselflyBruine winterjufferGemeine WinterlibelleLeste brunlink
Sympecma paedisca (Brauer, 1877)Siberian Winter DamselflyNoordse winterjufferSibirische WinterlibelleLeste enfantlink
CoenagrionidaeCeriagrion tenellum (Villers, 1789)Small Red DamselSmall Red DamselflyKoraaljufferZarte RubinjungferAgrion délicatlink
Ceriagrion georgifreyi Schmidt, 1953Turkish Red DamselTurkse KoraaljufferPontische Scharlachlibelle?
Coenagrion armatum (Charpentier, 1840)Dark BluetNorfolk DamselflyDonkere waterjufferHauben-AzurjungferAgrion armélink
Coenagrion caerulescens (Fonscolombe, 1838)Mediterranean BluetZuidelijke waterjufferSüdliche AzurjungferAgrion bleuissantlink
Coenagrion hastulatum (Charpentier, 1825)Spearhead BluetNorthern DamselflySpeerwaterjufferSpeer-AzurjungferAgrion à fer de lancelink
Coenagrion hylas (Trybom, 1889)Siberian BluetSiberische waterjufferSibirische AzurjungferAgrion de Frey
Coenagrion intermedium Lohmann, 1990Cretan BluetKretawaterjufferKretische Azurjungfer?
Coenagrion johanssoni (Wallengren, 1894)Arctic BluetNoordse waterjufferNordische Azurjungfer?
Coenagrion lunulatum (Charpentier, 1840) Crescent BluetIrish DamselflyMaanwaterjufferMond-AzurjungferAgrion à lunulelink
Coenagrion mercuriale (Charpentier, 1840)Mercury BluetSouthern DamselflyMercuurwaterjufferHelm-AzurjungferAgrion de Mercurelink
Coenagrion ornatum (Selys, 1850) Ornate BluetVogelwaterjufferVogel-AzurjungferAgrion ornélink
Coenagrion puella (Linnaeus, 1758) Azure BluetAzure DamselflyAzuurwaterjufferHufeisen-AzurjungferAgrion jouvencellelink
Coenagrion pulchellum (Vander Linden, 1825)Variable BluetVariable DamselflyVariabele waterjufferFledermaus-AzurjungferAgrion jolilink
Coenagrion scitulum (Rambur, 1842)Dainty BluetDainty DamselflyGaffelwaterjufferGabel-AzurjungferAgrion mignonlink
Enallagma cyathigerum (Charpentier, 1840)Common BluetCommon Blue DamselflyWatersnuffelGemeine BecherjungferAgrion porte-coupelink
Erythromma lindenii (Selys, 1840)Blue-eyeKanaaljufferSaphiraugeAgrion de Vander Lindenlink
Erythromma najas (Hansemann, 1823)Large RedeyeRed-eyed DamselflyGrote roodoogjufferGroßes GranataugeNaïade aux yeux rougeslink
Erythromma viridulum (Charpentier, 1840)Small RedeyeSmall Red-eyed DamselflyKleine roodoogjufferKleines GranataugeNaïade au corps vertlink
Ischnura elegans (Vander Linden, 1820)Common BluetailBlue-tailed DamselflyLantaarntjeGroße PechlibelleAgrion élégantlink
Ischnura genei (Rambur, 1842)Island BluetailTyrrheens lantaarntjeInsel PechlibelleAgrion sarde
Ischnura graellsii (Rambur, 1842) Iberian BluetailIberisch lantaarntjeSpanische PechlibelleAgrion de Graellslink
Ischnura intermedia Dumont, 1974Persian BluetailPerzisch lantaarntje??
Ischnura pumilio (Charpentier, 1825)Small BluetailScarce Blue-tailed DamselflyTengere grasjufferKleine PechlibelleAgrion nainlink
Nehalennia speciosa (Charpentier, 1840)SedglingDwergjufferZwerglibelleDéesse précieuselink
Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Sulzer, 1776) Large Red DamselLarge Red DamselflyVuurjufferFrühe AdonislibellePetite nymphe au corps de feulink
Pyrrhosoma elisabethae Schmidt, 1948Greek Red DamselGriekse vuurjufferBalkan-Adonislibelle?link
PlatycnemididaePlatycnemis acutipennis Selys, 1841Orange FeatherlegOranje breedscheenjufferOrange FederlibelleAgrion orangélink
Platycnemis latipes Rambur, 1842White FeatherlegWitte breedscheenjufferWeiße FederlibelleAgrion blanchâtrelink
Platycnemis pennipes (Pallas, 1771) Blue FeatherlegWhite-legged DamselflyBlauwe breedscheenjufferBlaue FederlibelleAgrion à larges patteslink
AeshnidaeAeshna affinis Vander Linden, 1820Blue-eyed HawkerSouthern Migrant HawkerZuidelijke glazenmakerSüdliche MosaikjungferAeschne affinelink
Aeshna caerulea (Ström, 1783)Azure HawkerAzure HawkerAzuurglazenmakerAlpen-MosaikjungferAeschne azuréelink
Aeshna crenata Hagen, 1856Siberian HawkerSiberische glazenmakerSibirische Mosaikjungfer?link
Aeshna cyanea (O. F. Müller, 1764) Blue HawkerSouthern HawkerBlauwe glazenmakerBlaugrüne MosaikjungferAeschne bleuelink
Aeshna grandis (Linnaeus, 1758)Brown HawkerBrown HawkerBruine glazenmakerBraune MosaikjungferGrande Aeschnelink
Aeshna isoceles (O. F. Müller, 1767)Green-eyed HawkerNorfolk HawkerVroege glazenmakerKeilfleck-MosaikjungferAeschne isocèlelink
Aeshna juncea (Linnaeus, 1758) Moorland HawkerCommon HawkerVenglazenmakerTorf-MosaikjungferAeschne des joncslink
Aeshna mixta (Latreille, 1805)Migrant HawkerMigrant HawkerPaardenbijterHerbst-MosaikjungferAeschne mixtelink
Aeshna serrata Hagen, 1856Baltic HawkerGetande glazenmakerBaltische MosaikjungferAeschne dentéelink
Aeshna subarctica Djakonov, 1922Bog HawkerSubarctic HawkerNoordse glazenmakerHochmoor-MosaikjungferAeschne subarctiquelink
Aeshna viridis Eversmann, 1836Green HawkerGroene glazenmakerGrüne MosaikjungferAeschne vertelink
Anax ephippiger (Burmeister, 1839)Vagrant EmperorVagrant EmperorZadellibelSchabracken-KönigslibelleAnax porte-sellelink
Anax immaculifrons Rambur, 1842Magnificent EmperorBeekkeizerlibelIndische Königslibelle?link
Anax imperator Leach, 1815Blue EmperorEmperor DragonflyGrote keizerlibelGroße KönigslibelleAnax empereurlink
Anax parthenope (Selys, 1839)Lesser EmperorLesser EmperorZuidelijke keizerlibelKleine KönigslibelleAnax napolitainlink
Boyeria irene (Fonscolombe, 1838)Western SpectreSchemerlibelWestliche GeisterlibelleAeschne paisiblelink
Boyeria cretensis Peters, 1991Cretan SpectreKretaschemerlibelKretische Geisterlibelle?
Brachytron pratense (O. F. Müller, 1764) Hairy HawkerHairy DragonflyGlassnijderFrüher SchilfjägerAeschne printanièrelink
Caliaeschna microstigma (Schneider, 1845)Eastern SpectreSchaduwlibelSchattenlibelle?link
GomphidaeStylurus flavipes (Charpentier, 1825)River ClubtailRiver ClubtailRivierromboutAsiatische KeiljungferGomphe à pattes jauneslink
Gomphus graslinii Rambur, 1842Pronged ClubtailGevorkte romboutFranzösische KeiljungferGomphe de Graslinlink
Gomphus pulchellus Selys, 1840Western ClubtailPlasromboutWestliche KeiljungferGomphe jolilink
Gomphus simillimus Selys, 1840Yellow ClubtailGele romboutGelbe KeiljungferGomphe semblablelink
Gomphus vulgatissimus (Linnaeus, 1758)Common ClubtailCommon ClubtailBeekromboutGemeine KeiljungferGomphe vulgairelink
Gomphus schneiderii Hagen, 1850Turkish ClubtailTurkse romboutTürkische Keiljungfer?link
Lindenia tetraphylla (Vander Linden, 1825)BladetailVaandeldragerSeedracheLindénie à quatre feuilleslink
Onychogomphus cazuma Barona, Cardo & Díaz, 2020?Cazumatanglibel??
Onychogomphus costae Selys, 1885Faded PincertailMoorse tanglibelBraune ZangenlibelleGomphe de Costelink
Onychogomphus forcipatus (Linnaeus, 1758)Small PincertailKleine tanglibelKleine ZangenlibelleGomphe à forcepslink
Onychogomphus uncatus (Charpentier, 1840)Large PincertailGrote tanglibelGroße ZangenlibelleGomphe à crochetslink
Ophiogomphus cecilia (Fourcroy, 1785)Green SnaketailGaffellibelGrüne FlussjungferGomphe serpentinlink
Paragomphus genei (Selys, 1841) Common HooktailGroene haaklibelGrüne SandjungferGomphe de Genélink
CordulegastridaeCordulegaster bidentata Selys, 1843Sombre GoldenringZuidelijke bronlibelGestreifte QuelljungferCordulégastre bidentélink
Cordulegaster boltonii (Donovan, 1807) Common GoldenringGolden-ringed DragonflyGewone bronlibelZweigestreifte QuelljungferCordulégastre annelélink
Cordulegaster heros Theischinger, 1979Balkan GoldenringBalkanbronlibelGroße Quelljungfer?link
Cordulegaster helladica (Lohmann, 1993)Greek GoldenringGriekse bronlibelGriechische Quelljungfer?link
Cordulegaster insignis Schneider, 1845Blue-eyed GoldenringBlauwoogbronlibelTürkische Quelljungfer?
Cordulegaster picta Selys, 1854Turkish GoldeningTurkse bronlibelGezeichnete Quelljungfer?link
Cordulegaster trinacriae Waterston, 1976Italian GoldenringItaliaanse bronlibelItalienische Quelljungfer?
MacromiidaeMacromia splendens (Pictet, 1843)Splendid CruiserPrachtlibelEuropäischer FlussherrscherCordulie splendide
CorduliidaeCordulia aenea (Linnaeus, 1758) Downy EmeraldDowny EmeraldSmaragdlibelFalkenlibelleCordulie bronzéelink
Oxygastra curtisii (Dale, 1834)Orange-spotted EmeraldOrange-spotted EmeraldBronslibelGekielter FlussfalkeCordulie à corps finlink
Somatochlora alpestris (Selys, 1840) Alpine EmeraldTaigaglanslibelAlpen-SmaragdlibelleCordulie alpestrelink
Somatochlora arctica (Zetterstedt, 1840)Northern EmeraldNorthern EmeraldHoogveenglanslibelArktische SmaragdlibelleCordulie arctiquelink
Somatochlora borisi Marinov, 2001Bulgarian EmeraldBulgaarse glanslibelRhodopen-Smaragdlibelle?
Somatochlora flavomaculata (Vander Linden, 1825)Yellow-spotted EmeraldYellow-spotted EmeraldGevlekte glanslibelGefleckte SmaragdlibelleCordulie à taches jauneslink
Somatochlora metallica (Vander Linden, 1825)Brilliant EmeraldBrilliant EmeraldMetaalglanslibelGlänzende SmaragdlibelleCordulie métalliquelink
Somatochlora meridionalis Nielsen, 1935Balkan EmeraldZuidelijke glanslibelBalkan-SmaragdlibelleCordulie méridionale
Somatochlora sahlbergi Trybom, 1889Treeline EmeraldToendraglanslibelPolar-Smaragdlibelle?
Epitheca bimaculata (Charpentier, 1825)Eurasian BaskettailTweevlekZweifleckCordulie à deux taches
LibellulidaeBrachythemis impartita (Karsch, 1890)Northern Banded GroundlingNoordelijke bandgrondlibelTreuer KurzpfeilBrachythémis à bandes bruneslink
Crocothemis erythraea (Brullé, 1832) Broad ScarletScarlet DarterVuurlibelFeuerlibelleCrocothémis écarlatelink
Diplacodes lefebvrii (Burmeister, 1839)Black PercherMoriaantjeGlänzender Schwarzpfeil?link
Leucorrhinia albifrons (Charpentier, 1840) Dark WhitefaceOostelijke witsnuitlibelÖstliche MoosjungferLeucorrhine à front blanclink
Leucorrhinia caudalis (Vander Linden, 1825)Lilypad WhitedfaceSierlijke witsnuitlibelZierliche MoosjungferLeucorrhine à large queuelink
Leucorrhinia dubia (Charpentier, 1825)Small WhitefaceWhite-faced DarterVenwitsnuitlibelKleine MoosjungferLeucorrhine douteuselink
Leucorrhinia pectoralis (Linnaeus, 1758) Yellow-spotted WhitefaceLarge White-faced DarterGevlekte witsnuitlibelGroße MoosjungferLeucorrhine à gros thoraxlink
Leucorrhinia rubicunda Linnaeus, 1758 Ruby WhitefaceNoordse witsnuitlibelNordische MoosjungferLeucorrhine rubicondelink
Libellula depressa Müller, 1764Broad-bodied ChaserBroad-bodied ChaserPlatbuikPlattbauchLibellule dépriméelink
Libellula fulva Linnaeus, 1758 Blue ChaserScarce ChaserBruine korenboutSpitzenfleckLibellule fauvelink
Libellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus, 1758 Four-spotted ChaserFour-spotted ChaserViervlekVierfleckLibellule quadrimaculéelink
Orthetrum albistylum (Selys, 1848) White-tailed SkimmerWitpuntoeverlibelÖstlicher BlaupfeilOrthétrum à stylets blancslink
Orthetrum brunneum (Fonscolombe, 1837) Southern SkimmerSouthern SkimmerZuidelijke oeverlibelSüdlicher BlaupfeilOrthétrum brunlink
Orthetrum cancellatum (Linnaeus, 1758)Black-tailed SkimmerBlack-tailed SkimmerGewone oeverlibelGroßer BlaupfeilOrthétrum réticulélink
Orthetrum chrysostigma (Burmeister, 1839)Epaulet SkimmerEpauletoeverlibelRahmstreif-Blaupfeil?link
Orthetrum coerulescens (Fabricius, 1798) Keeled SkimmerKeeled SkimmerBeekoeverlibelKleiner BlaupfeilOrthétrum bleuissantlink
Orthetrum nitidinerve (Selys, 1841)Yellow-veined SkimmerGeeladeroeverlibelGelbader-Blaupfeil?link
Orthetrum sabina (Drury, 1770)Slender SkimmerSlanke oeverlibelSchlanker Blaupfeil?link
Orthetrum taeniolatum (Schneider, 1845)Small SkimmerKleine oeverlibelZierlicher Blaupfeil?link
Orthetrum trinacria (Selys, 1841) Long SkimmerLange oeverlibelLanger BlaupfeilOrthétrum de Sicilelink
Pantala flavescens (Fabricius, 1798)Wandering GliderWandering GliderWereldzwerverWanderlibelleLibellule globe-trotterlink
Selysiothemis nigra (Vander Linden, 1825)Black PennantWindvaantjeSchwarzer BaronSélysiothémis noirlink
Sympetrum danae (Sulzer, 1776) Black DarterBlack DarterZwarte heidelibelSchwarze HeidelibelleSympétrum noirlink
Sympetrum depressiusculum (Selys, 1841) Spotted DarterKempense heidelibelSumpf-HeidelibelleSympétrum déprimélink
Sympetrum flaveolum (Linnaeus, 1758)Yellow-winged DarterYellow-winged DarterGeelvlekheidelibelGefleckte HeidelibelleSympétrum jaune d'orlink
Sympetrum fonscolombii (Selys, 1840)Red-veined DarterRed-veined DarterZwervende heidelibelFrühe HeidelibelleSympétrum de Fonscolombelink
Sympetrum meridionale (Selys, 1841)Southern DarterSouthern DarterZuidelijke heidelibelSüdliche HeidelibelleSympétrum méridionallink
Sympetrum pedemontanum (O. F. Müller, 1766)Banded DarterBanded DarterBandheidelibelGebänderte HeidelibelleSympétrum du Piémontlink
Sympetrum sanguineum (O. F. Müller, 1764)Ruddy DarterRuddy DarterBloedrode heidelibelBlutrote HeidelibelleSympétrum sanguinlink
Sympetrum sinaiticum (Dumont, 1977)Desert DarterWoestijnheidelibelBlasse Heidelibelle?
Sympetrum striolatum (Charpentier, 1840) Common DarterCommon DarterBruinrode heidelibelGroße HeidelibelleSympétrum fasciélink
Sympetrum vulgatum (Linnaeus, 1758) Moustached DarterVagrant DarterSteenrode heidelibelGemeine HeidelibelleSympétrum vulgairelink
Trithemis annulata (Palisot de Beauvois, 1807)Violet DropwingPurperlibelVioletter SonnenzeigerTrithémis annelélink
Trithemis festiva (Rambur, 1842)Indigo DropwingBlauwe zonnewijzerSchwarzer Sonnenzeiger?link
Trithemis kirbyi Selys, 1891Orange-winged DropwingOranje zonnewijzerFeuerroter SonnenzeigerTrithémis de Kirbylink
Zygonyx torridus (Kirby, 1889)Ringed CascaderWatervallibelWasserfall-Kreuzer?link