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
Azure Hawker Aeshna caerulea

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

Norfolk Hawker Aeshna isosceles

The Norfolk Hawker is one of 2 brown hawker dragonflies found in Britain. It has clear wings,... more

Club-tailed Dragonfly Gomphus vulgatissimus

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

Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa

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

Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum

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

Identification of British Dragonflies