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
Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo

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

White-legged Damselfly Platycnemis pennipes

Adult males have obvious expanded, white legs which are used in a fluttering display flight in... more

Southern Emerald Damselfly Lestes barbarus

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

Dainty Damselfly Coenagrion scitulum

Both sexes appear yellowish when viewed from the underside. The pale brown pterostigma is longer... more

Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum

In the male, the ante-humeral stripes are usually broken, like two exclamation marks. S2 has a "... more

Identification of British Damselflies