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

Azure Hawker Aeshna caerulea

Both sexes have azure blue spots on each abdominal segment and the thorax also has azure... more

Northern Emerald Somatochlora arctica

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

Golden-ringed Dragonfly Cordulegaster boltonii

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

Club-tailed Dragonfly Gomphus vulgatissimus

The Club-tailed Dragonfly is a medium sized species with a distinctively club-shaped abdomen as... more

Identification of British Dragonflies

Aeshna cyanea
Somatochlora metallica
Crocothemis erythraea
Sympetrum sanguineum