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
Green Darner Anax junius

This large Hawker is one of the commonest in North America but in 1998, after hurricane... more

Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens

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

Club-tailed Dragonfly Gomphus vulgatissimus

The Club-tailed Dragonfly is a medium sized species with a distinctively club-shaped abdomen as... more

Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea

A large, inquisitive Hawker usually seen individually. It may fly quite close to investigate... more

Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata

Both sexes have a brown ground colour becoming darker over the head and almost orange on the... more

Identification of British Dragonflies

Aeshna grandis
Aeshna juncea
Sympetrum striolatum
Libellula quadrimaculata