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Orange-winged Dropwing - Trithemimis kirbyi © John Muddeman Orange-winged Dropwing Trithemimis kirbyi © John Muddeman

List of the Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata) of Extremadura
by John Muddeman
Updated October 2012

This list is based on our base list for Iberian & Macronesian odonates and the excellent Los Odonatos de Extremadura (Sánchez et al. 2009; this can be downloaded from the web in .pdf format but is temporarily, at least, unavailable), plus an additional species added since its completion (A. Sánchez in litt.).

Taxonomy and nomenclature

Nomenclature and systematic treatment follows that of Dijkstra & Lewington (2006), except for modifying the vernacular and scientific names of the Banded Groundling to Northern Banded Groundling (Brachythemis impartita).

Migrant Spreadwing - Lestes barbarus © John Muddeman Migrant Spreadwing Lestes barbarus © John Muddeman


In total 56 species (21 damselflies; 35 dragonflies; 27 genera; including 1 uncertain species and genus) of Odonata have been recorded in Extremadura.

Extremadura has one of the best mapped dragonfly faunas of Spain to date thanks to Los Odonatos de Extremadura (Sánchez et al. 2009). However, the area covered is huge and all records in the future are very welcome. E.g. Southern Darter is almost certainly under-recorded, especially given its late flight season and at the only known regular site to date for the recently colonising Orange-winged Darter, both the scarce Green Hooktail and rare Faded Pincertail have also been found, representing new sites for both these species.

Please feel free to contact me to comment on the list, as my aim is to provide more detailed information in the future and I'm always happy to pass on interesting records to the regional recorders.

If you'd like to observe and photograph dragonflies in Extremadura, join me on a Dragonflies, Birds & Butterflies tour to Extremadura or contact me for options for a Tailor-made Trip


Common Name: English Scientific Name
  Fam. Calopterygidae
Copper Demoiselle Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis
Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo meridionalis
Western Demoiselle Calopteryx xanthostoma
  Fam. Lestidae
Migrant Spreadwing Lestes barbarus
Robust Spreadwing Lestes dryas
Small Spreadwing Lestes virens virens
Western Willow Spreadwing Lestes viridis
Winter Damsel Sympecma fusca
  Fam. Coenagrionidae
Small Red Damsel Ceriagrion tenellum
Mediterranean Bluet Coenagrion caerulescens
Mercury Bluet Coenagrion mercuriale
Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella
Dainty Bluet Coenagrion scitulum
Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum
Blue-eye Erythromma lindenii
Small Red-eye Erythromma viridulum
Iberian Bluetail Ischnura graellsii
Small Bluetail Ischnura pumilio
Large Red Damsel Pyrrhosoma nymphula
  Fam. Platycnemididae
Orange Featherleg Platycnemis acutipennis
White Featherleg Platycnemis latipes
  Fam. Aeshnidae
Blue Hawker Aeshna cyanea
Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea
Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta
Vagrant Emperor Anax ephippiger
Blue Emperor Anax imperator
Lesser Emperor Anax parthenope
Western Spectre Boyeria irene
  Fam. Gomphidae
Pronged Clubtail Gomphus graslinii
Western Clubtail Gomphus pulchellus
Yellow Clubtail Gomphus simillimus
Faded Pincertail Onychogomphus costae
Small Pincertail Onychogomphus forcipatus unguiculatus
Large Pincertail Onychogomphus uncatus
Green Hooktail Paragomphus genei
  Fam. Cordulegasteridae
Common Goldenring Cordulegaster boltonii
  Fam. Corduliidae
Splendid Cruiser Macromia splendens
Orange-spotted Emerald Oxygastra curtisii
  Fam. Libellulidae
Northern Banded Groundling Brachythemis impartita
Broad Scarlet Crocothemis erythraea
Black Percher Diplacodes lefebvrii
Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa
Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata
Southern Skimmer Orthetrum brunneum
Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum
Epaulet Skimmer Orthetrum chrysostigma
Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens
Yellow-veined Skimmer Orthetrum nitidinerve
Long Skimmer Orthetrum trinacria
Black Pennant Selysiothemis nigra
Yellow-winged Darter Sympetrum flaveolum
Red-veined Darter Sympetrum fonscolombii
Southern Darter Sympetrum meridionale
Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum
Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum
Violet Dropwing Trithemis annulata
Orange-winged Dropwing Trithemis kirbyi


Sánchez, A., Pérez, J., Jiménez, E. & Tovar, C. 2009. Los Odonatos de Extremadura. Consejería de Industria, Energía y Medio Ambiente. 344 pp.

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