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
Green Darner Anax junius

This large Hawker is one of the commonest in North America but in 1998, after hurricane... more

Vagrant Darter Sympetrum vulgatum

Like the Common Darter but the mature male is a deeper red. The sides of the thorax are not so... more

Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens

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

Northern Emerald Somatochlora arctica

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

Orange-spotted Emerald Oxygastra curtisii

The Orange-spotted Emerald has bright green eyes and yellow or orange, elongated spots along the... more

Identification of British Dragonflies

Gomphus vulgatissimus
Libellula fulva
Libellula depressa
Brachytron pratense