Dragonflies and damselflies

Wildpace is rich in these spectacular insects of the order Odonata. 22 species have been spotted in recent surveys.

If you would like to see what they look like, go to the website of the National Biodiversity Network and type the Binomial name of the species into the 'Search for Taxa' box. Or simply use Google search.

Logging species is an important aspect of our work in Ely Wildspace. If you would like to find out more please visit our page on Biological Recording

Binomial name Common name
Aeshna cyanea Southern Hawker
Aeshna grandis Brown Hawker
Aeshna mixta Migrant Hawker
Anax imperator Emperor Dragonfly
Anax parthenope Lesser Emperor
Brachytron pratense Hairy Dragonfly
Calopteryx splendens Banded Demoiselle
Chalcolestes viridis Willow Emerald Damselfly
Coenagrion puella Azure Damselfly
Coenagrion pulchellum Variable Damselfly
Enallagma cyathigerum Common Blue Damselfly
Erythromma najas Red-eyed Damselfly
Erythromma viridulum Small-eyed Damselfly
Ischnura elegans Blue-tailed Damselfly
Lestes sponsa Emerald Damselfly
Libellula depressa Broad-bodied Chaser
Libellula fulva Scarce Chaser
Libellula quadrimaculata Four-spotted Chaser
Orthetrum cancellatum Black-tailed Skimmer
Pyrrhosoma nymphula Large Red Damselfly
Sympetrum sanguineum Ruddy Darter
Sympetrum striolatum Common Darter


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