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
Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum

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

Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum

Females and immatures are pale, yellowish brown with two bold lines running along the length of... more

Green Darner Anax junius

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

Golden-ringed Dragonfly Cordulegaster boltonii

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

Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata

Both sexes have a brown ground colour becoming darker over the head and almost orange on the... more

Identification of British Dragonflies

Libellula quadrimaculata
Aeshna mixta
Gomphus vulgatissimus
Aeshna isosceles