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
Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa

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

Red-veined Darter Sympetrum fonscolombei

The bright red males and clear yellow-brown females are attractive. The eyes are brown above and... more

Common Hawker Aeshna juncea

This Hawker has paired spots on each abdominal segment, two broad stripes on the sides of the... more

Golden-ringed Dragonfly Cordulegaster boltonii

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

Norfolk Hawker Aeshna isosceles

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

Identification of British Dragonflies

Somatochlora arctica
Gomphus vulgatissimus
Aeshna juncea
Libellula fulva