Identification

The first ports of call for anyone wishing to identify a specific dragonfly or damselfly are the British Dragonfly Society’s own website together with one of the several excellent field guides which can be obtained from specialist booksellers such as NHBS or Atropos. However, for those persons needing a quick ID for species usually found in Cheshire (or neighbouring counties), it is hoped that the following images together with the species’ chief diagnostic features will prove useful. The images can be accessed in the field by anyone with a smartphone and a good signal.

Please note that the ID descriptors have been gleaned from Smallshire, D. & Swash, A. (2014) “Britain’s Dragonflies – A field Guide to the damselflies and dragonflies of Britain and Ireland”. All images are the copyright of John Roberts except where specifically indicated. For the time being, only males of the species are illustrated but, in time, images of females will be added.

Damselflies (Zygoptera)

Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo

The Beautiful Demoiselle is designated by the BDS as a Locally Important Species in Cheshire.

Beautiful Demoiselle

 

Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens

Banded Demoiselle

 

Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella

Azure

 

Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum

Common Blue

 

Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum

The Variable Damselfly is designated by the BDS as a Locally Important Species in Cheshire.

Variable

 

Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans

Blue-tailed

 

Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma najas

Red-eyed Damsel

 

White-legged Damselfly Platycnemis pennipes

White-legged Damsel

 

Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Large Red

 

Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa

Emerald Damsel

Dragonflies (Anisoptera)

Emperor Dragonfly Anax imperator

Emperor

 

Common Hawker Aeshna juncea

Common Hawker

 

Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea

Southern Hawker

 

Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta

Migrant Hawker

 

Golden-ringed Dragonfly Cordulegaster boltonii

Golden-ringed

 

Brown Hawker  Aeshna grandis

Brown Hawker

 

Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa

Broad-bodied Chaser

 

Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata

Four-spot

 

Black-tailer Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum

Black-tailed Skimmer

 

Black Darter Sympetrum danae

Black Darter

 

Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum

Common Darter

 

White-faced Darter Leucorrhinia dubia

The White-faced Darter is designated by the BDS as a Locally Important Species in Cheshire.

White-faced Darter

 

 

 

 

 

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