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
Scarlet Darter Crocothemis erythraea

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

Brilliant Emerald Somatochlora metallica

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

Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens

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

Golden-ringed Dragonfly Cordulegaster boltonii

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

Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis

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

Identification of British Dragonflies