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
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

Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta

A small Hawker, not aggressive towards other individuals and occasionally seen in large feeding... more

Scarlet Darter Crocothemis erythraea

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

Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum

This species is smaller than the Common Darter. The legs are entirely black. An intense orange... more

Identification of British Dragonflies

Gomphus vulgatissimus
Sympetrum striolatum
Aeshna juncea
Orthetrum cancellatum