Scottish Species

There are 42 species of dragonfly that are residents / migrants in the UK.  Of these, 29 have been seen in Scotland.

In Scotland 23 species of dragonfly  are resident with a further 4 which are likely to breed in Scotland in the near future and 2 that have appeared as migrants in Scotland.  There are three species of dragonfly whose UK population is only found in Scotland, these are the Northern Damselfly, Azure Hawker and the Northern Emerald.  There are photographs of these three species below, to find out more information and see photos of the other species that have been seen in Scotland, click on the species name.

Northern Damselfly

Northern Damselfly male Allan Brandon

Azure Hawker

Male Azure Hawker Tim Caroen

Northern Emerald

Teneral male Northern Emerald Tim Caroen

     

 

Scientific name Common Name Scottish status
Calopteryx splendens Banded Demoiselle Resident breeding species
Calopteryx virgo Beautiful Demoiselle Resident breeding species
Lestes sponsa Emerald Damselfly Resident breeding species
Coenagrion hastulatum Northern Damselfly Resident breeding species
Coenagrion puella Azure Damselfly Resident breeding species
Coenagrion pulchellum Variable Damselfly Resident breeding species
Pyrrhosoma nymphula Large Red Damselfly Resident breeding species
Enallagma cyathigerum Common Blue Damselfly Resident breeding species
Ischnura elegans Blue-tailed Damselfly Resident breeding species
Aeshna caerulea Azure Hawker Resident breeding species
Aeshna cyanea Southern Hawker Resident breeding species
Aeshna grandis Brown Hawker Suspected Breeding species
Aeshna juncea Common Hawker Resident breeding species
Aeshna mixta Migrant Hawker Suspected Breeding species  
Anax imperator Emperor Dragonfly Resident breeding species
Brachytron pratense Hairy Dragonfly Resident breeding species
Cordulegaster boltonii Golden-ringed Dragonfly Resident breeding species
Cordulia aenea Downy Emerald Resident breeding species
Somatochlora arctica Northern Emerald Resident breeding species
Somatochlora metallica Brilliant Emerald Resident breeding species
Leucorrhinia dubia White-faced Darter Resident breeding species
Libellula depressa Broad-bodied Chaser Suspected Breeding species  
Libellula quadrimaculata Four-spotted Chaser Resident breeding species
Orthetrum cancellatum Black-tailed Skimmer Suspected Breeding species  
Orthetrum coerulescens Keeled Skimmer Resident breeding species
Sympetrum danae Black Darter Resident breeding species
Sympetrum flaveolum Yellow-winged Darter Migrant species
Sympetrum fonscolombii Red-veined Darter Migrant species
Sympetrum striolatum Common Darter Resident breeding species