Dragonflies of Northamptonshire
County Checklist

The 22 species of Dragonfly resident in Northamptonshire

Photos by Jeff Blincow

Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo
Uncommon
Habitat: Clear streams with gravelly bottom

Only occurs in the west of the county
Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens
Locally common
Habitat: Clean rivers and streams

River Nene
Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa
Common
Habitat: Still water, lakes and reservoirs with plenty of vegetation

Pitsford Reservoir
Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma najas
Locally common
Habitat: Still or slow moving water, reservoirs, lakes, canals and rivers
Lands on floating vegetation
River Nene
Small Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma viridulum
Uncommon
Habitat: Still or slow moving water, reservoirs, lakes, canals and rivers
Lands on floating vegetation
First recorded in 2004
White-legged Damselfly Platycnemis pennipes
Locally Common
Habitat: Canals and slow moving water

Steadily expanding its range, progressing up the Grand Union Canal
Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula
Common
Habitat: Still and slow moving water

Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella
Common
Habitat: Still water

Often the first damselfly to appear in numbers

Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyanthigerum
Very Common
Habitat: Ponds, lakes, streams and reservoirs

Occurs commonly in September and often in early October
Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans
Very common
Habitat: Ponds, lakes, streams and reservoirs
Tolerant of small amounts of pollution
Common in most wetland habitats
Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta
Common
Habitat: Still waters but can be seen in most habitats

Large numbers can be seen hunting along woodland rides in Sept
Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea
Common
Habitat: Ponds, lakes and canals and woodland rides

Regularly seen patrolling woodland rides
Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis
Common
Habitat: Well-vegetated ponds, lakes and canals
Distinctive bronze wings
Can be seen in most habitats and easily identified in flight
Emperor Dragonfly Anax imperator
Common
Habitat: Still Water
Fast flying and our largest dragonfly
Fawsley Park Lakes
Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense
Scarce
Habitat: Still and slow-moving water
An early dragonfly
Summerleys

Downy Emerald Cordulia aenea
Very Local
Habitat: Ponds

Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata
Locally common
Habitat: Ponds and canals

Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa
Locally common
Habitat: Ponds and canals

Scarce Chaser Libellula fulva
Local
Habitat: Rivers

River Nene east of Thrapston
Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum
Locally common
Habitat: Ponds, canals and rivers
Regularly perches on the ground
River Nene at Yarwell
Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum
Very Common
Habitat: Ponds and lakes
Regularly perches on the ground
Can even survive into November in mild years
Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum
Common
Habitat: Ponds and lakes

Can even survive into November in mild years