European Species

This is my transcription of 142 European breeding species taken from Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe (Dijkstra/Lewington). From that excellent, indispensable publication, I have omitted any species currently confined to north Africa, along with those deemed extinct in the region or those which are only very rare vagrants. Some originally African species have moved north and begun colonizing Europe, e.g. Trithemis annulata (Violet Dropwing/Violet-marked Darter), which is included and, if others do likewise, I will include those, too.

Entries which are linked to a species page, I have seen (though not necessarily in Europe – a couple of species are shared with SE Asia). Unlinked entries, I am yet to see or, rather, photograph. Tricky little devils, some of ’em. 😉

Zygoptera (Damselflies)

Anisoptera (Dragonflies)

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