British Damselflies

British Damselflies on Wild About Britain include the latest damselfly news from around the UK, hundreds of British damselfly photos in our image gallery, lots of damselfly conversations in our insect forums, a directory of damselfly-related organisations and websites, as well as a big reference encyclopedia with information on everything from the Southern and Dainty Damselfies to the Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly and the Banded Demoiselle.

Encyclopedia of British Damselflies

Common Name Scientific Name Description
Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura pumilio

The Scarce Blue-tailed is one of a number of small British Damselflies. Typically Males have a... more

Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans

Mature males always have a blue spot at the "tail" (S8), blue ant-humeral stripes on the thorax... more

Southern Emerald Damselfly Lestes barbarus

This damselfly is metallic green, becoming bronze as it ages. It has relatively broad, pale ante... more

Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma najas

A robust looking damselfly with a dark greyish abdomen and a blue tail in the male. The eyes of... more

Northern Damselfly Coenagrion hastulatum

This species is found in only a few small lochans in Scotland. In the male, S2 has a rather... more

Identification of British Damselflies