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
Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa

This damselfly is metallic green. The male develops a blue pruinescence on segments 1, 2, 9 and... more

Scarce Emerald Damselfly Lestes dryas

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

Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens

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

Dainty Damselfly Coenagrion scitulum

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

Norfolk Damselfly Coenagrion armatum

At first glance, both sexes resemble Blue-tailed Damselfly rather than other Coenagrion species... more

Identification of British Damselflies