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
Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens

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

Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata

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

Emperor Dragonfly Anax imperator

Length: 78mmBritain's bulkiest Dragonfly. Its bright colours and active habit make it very... more

Brilliant Emerald Somatochlora metallica

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

Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum

This species is smaller than the Common Darter. The legs are entirely black. An intense orange... more

Identification of British Dragonflies

Aeshna isosceles
Libellula fulva
Orthetrum cancellatum
Aeshna grandis