List of Odonata species of Ireland

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The following is a list of Odonata species recorded in Ireland. Common names are those given in the standard literature; where a different name has been given in The Natural History of Ireland's Dragonflies, this is given in brackets.[1]

Suborder Zygoptera (Damselflies)[edit]

Family Calopterygidae (Demoiselles)[edit]

Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens (Banded Jewelwing)
Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo (Beautiful Jewelwing)

Family Lestidae (Emerald damselflies)[edit]

Scarce Emerald Damselfly Lestes dryas (Turlough Spreadwing)
Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa (Common Spreadwing)

Family Coenagrionidae (Blue, blue-tailed & red damselflies)[edit]

Irish Damselfly Coenagrion lunulatum (Irish Bluet)
Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella (Azure Bluet)
Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum (Variable Bluet)
Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum (Common Bluet)
Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans (Common Bluetip)
Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura pumilio (Small Bluetip)
Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Spring Redtail)

Suborder Anisoptera (Dragonflies)[edit]

Family Gomphidae (Club-tailed Dragonflies)[edit]

Common Club-tail Gomphus vulgatissimus (Club-tailed Dragonfly)

Family Aeshnidae (Hawkers and Emperors)[edit]

Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea
Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis (Amber-winged Hawker)
Common Hawker Aeshna juncea (Moorland Hawker)
Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta (Autumn Hawker)
Emperor Anax imperator (Blue Emperor)
Lesser Emperor Anax parthenope (Yellow-ringed Emperor)
Hairy Dragonfly Aeshna grandis (Spring Hawker)
Vagrant Emperor Hemianax ephippiger

Family Corduliidae (Emerald dragonflies)[edit]

Downy Emerald Cordulia aenea
Northern Emerald Somatochlora arctica (Moorland Emerald)

Family Libellulidae (Chasers, Skimmers and Darters)[edit]

Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa
Scarce Chaser Libellula fulva
Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata
Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum
Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens (Heathland Skimmer)
Black Darter Sympetrum danae
Yellow-winged Darter Sympetrum flaveolum
Red-veined Darter Sympetrum fonscolombii
Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum
Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum

Discounted records[edit]

The following species have been included in previous lists of Irish dragonflies, but are no longer regarded as having been reliably recorded:


  1. ^ Brian Nelson, Robert Thompson (2004). The Natural History of Ireland's Dragonflies. Ulster Museum. ISBN 978-0-900761-45-4. 

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