List of Odonata species of Ireland

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]

Dragonfly (top) and damselfly (bottom) wing shape and venation. Damselflies are also distinguished by the gap between their eyes, and the fact that they hold their wings folded back over the abdomen while at rest.

Suborder Zygoptera (Damselflies)

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Two banded demoiselles (Calopteryx splendens) mating.

Family Calopterygidae (Demoiselles)

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

Family Lestidae (Emerald damselflies)

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

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

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The Irish damselfly (Coenagrion lunulatum) is found in Ireland but not in Great Britain.
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)

Family Gomphidae (Club-tailed Dragonflies)

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

Family Aeshnidae (Hawkers and Emperors)

Hairy Dragonfly (Brachytron pratense)
Hairy dragonfly (Brachytron pratense)
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)

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

Family Libellulidae (Chasers, Skimmers and Darters)

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A female keeled skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens). This species is common in wetlands, especially in Counties Galway, Kerry and Louth.
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

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.

See also

External links

Fauna of Ireland

The fauna of Ireland comprises all the animal species inhabiting the island of Ireland and its surrounding waters.

List of Odonata species of Great Britain

There are 57 recorded species of Odonata in Britain, made up of 21 damselflies (suborder Zygoptera) and 36 dragonflies (suborder Anisoptera). Of these, 42 species (17 damselflies and 25 dragonflies) are resident breeders, and the remainder are either extinct species, or vagrants - in respect of the latter, this list follows the decisions of the Odonata Records Committee.

Some of these rare species have not been seen since the 19th Century; however, the British Odonata list is also currently undergoing a period of unprecedented change, as new species are being discovered for the first time, some going on to become breeding species.

This list is based on the following principal references:

Merritt, R., N. W. Moore and B. C. Eversham (1996), Atlas of the dragonflies of Britain and Ireland, HMSO (ISBN 0-11-701561-X)

Parr, A. J. (1996), Dragonfly movement and migration in Britain and Ireland, Journal of the British Dragonfly Society Vol. 12 No. 2 pp. 33–50

Parr, Adrian (2000a), An Annotated List of the Odonata of Britain and Ireland, Atropos No. 11 pp. 10–20 A number of other references were used to provide information on specific topics, including rare vagrants, post-1990 additions, predictions, species claimed but not accepted / species of uncertain provenance, non-natives, taxonomic matters and species found only in the Channel Islands.

Ireland's Odonata fauna is quite different from that of Britain, with many fewer breeding species, but one additional species not found in Britain, Irish Damselfly Coenagrion lunulatum – see List of Odonata species of Ireland for more information.

List of odonates of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a tropical island situated close to the southern tip of India. The invertebrate fauna is as large as it is common to other regions of the world. There are approximately 2 million known species of arthropods, and this number continues to grow. Thus, it is difficult to determine the exact number of Odonata species within particular regions. The following is a list of the dragonflies and damselflies of Sri Lanka.

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