Dragonflies (order Odonata) are divided into two distinct sub-orders, the Zygoptera or Damselflies and the Anisoptera or Dragonflies. Please use the filters on our identification tool below to find your species.
- Different species are on the wing at different times of the year. This can help you narrow down the list of potential species that you could have sighted.
- Make sure you check the distribution and habitat of the species. Some species can only be found in certain parts of the country or in very specific habitats.
- The colour of adult dragonflies changes with age. Tenerals (newly emerged adults) can appear very pale and may not have their mature colouration yet. You may have to look closely for any emerging markings or patterns to help identify it. Similarly very mature adults can appear much darker.
Still stuck? Send us your Photos
Still can’t identify your species sighting? Contact one of our experts but be aware that we are only volunteers and time taken on ID is time we can’t spend conserving dragonflies.
If you have a photo of the dragonfly this will help us. When taking images for identification later try to get a well-focused photo from the back and the side like the examples above.
Please crop your photo to just the dragonfly and send to:
Title image: Beautiful Demoiselle by Mike Smethurst