Dragonflies (order Odonata) are divided into two distinct sub-orders, the Zygoptera or Damselflies and the Anisoptera or Dragonflies.
You can find a description of these sub-orders on the "Damselflies" and "Dragonflies" pages. Each species that has been recorded in Great Britain and Ireland is described and illustrated on a separate page. The gallery below is your key to accessing these descriptions. Click on an Image to see it at a higher resolution. Click on a species Name (common or scientific) to see the species description, more images, details of habitat, distribution & status, and notes about similar species. For some species a Management Fact File is attached, in PDF format.
Please note that this site is not meant to be a substitute for a good field guide when trying to identify species. There are several good identification guides available: see the booklist for details.
David Goddard (with help from Tim Beynon) has put together a guide for assistance with pronunciation of Latin names.
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