Identifying dragonflies and damselflies

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Sussex Dragonflies

The following species are known to breed in Sussex:

Hairy Dragonfly, Brachytron pratense
Migrant Hawker, Aeshna mixta
Southern Hawker, Aeshna cyanea
Brown Hawker, Aeshna grandis
Emperor Dragonfly, Anax imperator
Club-tailed Dragonfly, Gomphus vulgatissimus
Golden-ringed Dragonfly, Cordulegaster boltonii
Downy Emerald, Cordulia aenea
Brilliant Emerald, Somatochlora metallica
Four-spotted Chaser, Libellula quadrimaculata
Scarce Chaser, Libellula fulva
Broad-bodied Chaser, Libellula depressa
Black-tailed Skimmer, Orthetrum cancellatum
Keeled Skimmer,Orthetrum coerulescens
Common Darter, Sympetrum striolatum
Ruddy Darter, Sympetrum sanguineum
Black Darter, Sympetrum danae 


Sussex Damselflies

The following species are known to breed in Sussex:

Beautiful Demoiselle, Calopteryx virgo
Banded Demoiselle, Calopteryx splendens
Emerald Damselfly, Lestes sponsa
Large Red Damselfly, Pyrrhosoma nymphula
Small Red Damselfly, Ceriagrion tenellum
White-legged Damselfly, Platycenemis pennipes
Azure Damselfly, Coenagrion puella
Variable Damselfly, Coenagrion pulchellum
Common Blue Damselfly, Enallagma cyathigerum
Red-eyed Damselfly, Erythromma najas
Small Red-eyed Damselfly, Erythromma viridulum
Blue-tailed Damselfly, Ischnura elegans


Sussex Migrants

The following species are not yet known to breed in Sussex:

Willow Emerald Damselfly, Lestes viridis
Southern Migrant Hawker, Aeshna affinis
Common Hawker, Aeshna juncea
Yellow-legged Club-tail Dragonfly, Gomphus flavipes
Vagrant Darter, Sympetrum vulgatum
Red-veined Darter, Sympetrum fonscolombii
Yellow-winged Darter, Sympetrum flaveolum
Lesser emperor, Anax parthenope


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