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
Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum

Females and immatures are pale, yellowish brown with two bold lines running along the length of... more

Lesser Emperor Anax parthenope

Length: 71mmThis relative of the much more common Emperor Dragonfly is smaller and duller in... more

Scarlet Darter Crocothemis erythraea

This darter has a flattened abdomen appearing rather broad compared to other UK darters. The... more

Emperor Dragonfly Anax imperator

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

Golden-ringed Dragonfly Cordulegaster boltonii

A striking, black and insect with yellow rings along the length of the abdomen. The female is... more

Identification of British Dragonflies

Libellula quadrimaculata
Aeshna grandis
Cordulegaster boltonii
Sympetrum striolatum