Damselflies are insects in the sub-order Zygoptera (meaning “paired-wings”). In Great Britain and Ireland there are over 20 species that may be encountered.



Body: Delicate and small.

Wings: Forewings and hind wings are the same shape.

Eyes: Separated on the head.

Behaviour: Weak flight. Usually rests with wings held against the body.


Image by Ken Dolbear

Nationally Important Species

Endangered:               Southern Damselfly                    Northern Damselfly

Near Threatened:      Scarce Emerald Damselfly        Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly       Variable Damselfly

Nationally Scarce:    Small Red Damselfly

Title image: Large Red Damselfly by Rob, flickr