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.
Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo
The Beautiful Demoiselle is designated by the BDS as a Locally Important Species in Cheshire.
Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens
Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella
Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum
Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum
The Variable Damselfly is designated by the BDS as a Locally Important Species in Cheshire.
Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans
Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma najas
White-legged Damselfly Platycnemis pennipes
Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula
Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa
Emperor Dragonfly Anax imperator
Common Hawker Aeshna juncea
Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea
Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta
Golden-ringed Dragonfly Cordulegaster boltonii
Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis
Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa
Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata
Black-tailer Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum
Black Darter Sympetrum danae
Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum
White-faced Darter Leucorrhinia dubia
The White-faced Darter is designated by the BDS as a Locally Important Species in Cheshire.