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 Emerald Damselfly Lestes dryas

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

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

Small Red Damselfly Ceriagrion tenellum

One of our smallest damselflies, this is one of only two red damselfly species in the UK. The... more

Identification of British Damselflies

Coenagrion pulchellum
Platycnemis pennipes
Ceriagrion tenellum
Calopteryx splendens