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
White-faced Darter Leucorrhinia dubia

Length: 33-37mmThe White-faced Darter is a small dark dragonfly, with a pale creamy white frons... more

Downy Emerald Cordulia aenea

The Downy Emerald is one of three Emerald dragonflies found in Britain. It is a metallic green... more

Banded Darter Sympetrum pedemontanum

A small darter with black legs and broad hind wings. Both sexes have a brown band across each... more

Vagrant Darter Sympetrum vulgatum

Like the Common Darter but the mature male is a deeper red. The sides of the thorax are not so... more

Azure Hawker Aeshna caerulea

Both sexes have azure blue spots on each abdominal segment and the thorax also has azure... more

Identification of British Dragonflies

Brachytron pratense
Gomphus vulgatissimus
Leucorrhinia dubia
Sympetrum fonscolombei