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Dragonflies and Damselflies - Odonata

Group Description

There are 57 recorded species of Odonata in Britain, made up of 21 damselflies (suborder Zygoptera) and 36 dragonflies (suborder Anisoptera). Of these, 42 species (17 damselflies and 25 dragonflies) are resident breeders, and the remainder are either extinct species, or vagrants. (62 species) - Natural History Museum.

SubGroups

name latinname species sightings media image
Azure Damselfy Coenagrion puella 1 13 26 image for Azure Damselfy
Beautiful Damoiselle Calopteryx virgo 1 5 9 image for Beautiful Damoiselle
Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans 1 3 6 image for Blue-tailed Damselfly
Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa 1 3 22 image for Broad-bodied Chaser
Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum 1 3 15 image for Common Blue Damselfly
Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum 1 8 54 image for Common Darter
Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa 1 1 3 image for Emerald Damselfly
Emperor Dragonfly Anax imperator 1 2 9 image for Emperor Dragonfly
Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula 1 7 28 image for Large Red Damselfly
Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta 1 2 6 image for Migrant Hawker
Small Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma viridulum 1 1 3 image for Small Red-eyed Damselfly
Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea 1 5 16 image for Southern Hawker
Southern Migrant Hawker Aeshna affinis Vander 1 1 0 image for Southern Migrant Hawker
White-legged Damselfly Platycnemis pennipes 1 2 5 image for White-legged Damselfly