British Dragonflies

British Dragonflies on Wild About Britain include the latest UK dragonfly news, hundreds of British dragonfly images photos in our photo gallery, lots of dragonfly conversations in the insects forums, a directory of dragonfly-related organisations and websites, as well as a big reference encyclopedia with information on everything from the Hairy Dragonfly and the Migrant Hawker to the Orange-spotted Emerald and the Black-tailed Skimmer.

Encyclopedia of British Dragonflies

Common Name Scientific Name Description
Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa

The very broad, flattened abdomen is characteristic making the insect appear "fat". Both sexes... more

Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis

A large Hawker with obvious golden brown wings. Both sexes have strong yellow stripes on the... more

Brilliant Emerald Somatochlora metallica

The Brilliant Emerald has apple green eyes and the abdomen and thorax are dark metallic emerald... more

Common Hawker Aeshna juncea

This Hawker has paired spots on each abdominal segment, two broad stripes on the sides of the... more

Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens

Length: 40-44mmThe abdomen appears quite slim and has a pronounced dorsal keel. The wings have a... more

Identification of British Dragonflies

Aeshna mixta
Sympetrum sanguineum
Sympetrum danae
Cordulegaster boltonii