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
Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum

In many ways this could be considered to be the most typical British damselfly. It shares its... more

Scarce Emerald Damselfly Lestes dryas

The Scarce Emerald Damselfly is a medium sized metallic green insect that usually rests with its... more

Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo

 Only two species of damselfly in Britain have obviously coloured wings. They both belong to the... 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

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

Identification of British Damselflies