Azure Bluet

List of Odonata species recorded in Ireland

The following is a list of Odonata species recorded in Ireland. English names are those given in the standard literature; where a new name has been invented by the authors of "The Natural History of Ireland's Dragonflies", this is given in brackets.

Suborder Zygoptera (Damselflies

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)

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)

Club-tailed Dragonfly Gomphus vulgatissimus (River Clubtail)

Family Aeshnidae (Hawkers and Emperors)

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)

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

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

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