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

Northern Emerald Somatochlora arctica

The Northern Emerald has bluish-green (sometimes yellowish) eyes. The wings are faintly suffused... more

Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis

A large Hawker with obvious golden brown wings. Both sexes have strong yellow stripes on the... more

Norfolk Hawker Aeshna isosceles

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

Banded Darter Sympetrum pedemontanum

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

Identification of British Dragonflies

Aeshna cyanea
Libellula depressa
Sympetrum striolatum
Sympetrum danae