UK Species


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.

A comprehensive checklist of resident and migrant UK Odonata is maintained at the UK Species Checklists page.

You can find out which species are locally important in your County by checking the interactive map on the Priority Sites Project page.

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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