Dragonflies of Lesvos

Odalisque2Recommended field guide
Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe

Epallage fatime
Achladeri Forest, May 2004
© Steve Dudley

As a dragonfly enthusiast (see Watching British Dragonflies) I have often found dragonfly-watching on Lesvos a little frustrating. But over the years I have realised this is largely down to the times I visit – mid- to late April, before many species have taken to the wing, and mid- to late September, when due to lack of surface water, insects are less evident. My stays in to May have yielded more species and others I know staying into late May report even more species and greater numbers on the wing.


Die libellenfauna der Insel Lesbos (the dragonfly fauna of the island of Lesbos). Naturkundliche Reiseberichte 3. Lopau, W. Gnarrenburg 1995.
The Dragonflies of Lesbos. Bowers. J. Freinds of Lesbos. 2008.
Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe. Dijkstra, K-D B & Lewington, R. 2006. British Wildlife Publishing, Gillingham, Dorset.


English names are those used in Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe.


Flight times are those given in the above guide for ‘Europe’, so flight periods on Lesvos will vary and most species will be affected by the water levels (and lack of water during some months). The flight periods for some species have been refined (thanks to Vincent Kalkman).


Species name Scientific name Flight period
Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens mingrelica May – Sep
Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo festiva May – Sep
Odalisque Epallage fatime Apr – Aug
Robust Spreadwing Lestes dryas Apr – Oct
Migrant Spreadwing Lestes barbarus Mar – Oct
Small Spreadwing Lestes virens Apr – Nov
Dark Spreadwing Lestes macrostigma Mar – Oct
Eastern Willow Spreadwing Lestes parvidens May – Nov
Common Winter Damselfly Sympecma fusca All year
Common Bluetail Ischnura elegans Mar – Nov
Small Bluetail Ischnura pumilio Mar – Oct
Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum May – Oct
Dainty Bluet Coenagrion scitulum Apr – Sep
Small Red Damsel Ceriagrion tenellum Jun – Sep
Small Redeye Erythromma viridulum May – Sep
Blue Redeye Erythromma lindenii Mar – Oct
Blue Featherlegs Platycnemis pennipes May – Sep
Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta May – Dec
Blue-eyed Hawker Aeshna affinis May – Oct
Green-eyed Hawker Aeshna isosceles antehumeralis May – Aug
Blue Emperor Anax imperator Mar – Dec
Lesser Emperor Anax parthenope Mar – Nov
Vagrant Emperor Anax ephippiger Mar – Nov
Hairy Hawker Brachytron pratense Mar – Aug
Eastern Spectre Caliaeschna microstigma May – Oct
Turkish Clubtail Gomphus schneiderii Apr – Jul
Small Pincertail Onychogomphus forcipatus albistibalis May – Sep
Turkish Goldenring Cordulegaster picta May – Aug
Blue-eyed Goldenring Cordulegaster insignis May – Aug
Yellow-spotted Emerald Somotochlora flavomaculata May – Aug
Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa Apr – Aug
Blue Chaser Libellula fulva May – Aug
Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum Apr – Sep
Southern Skimmer Orthetrum brunneum Apr – Sep
Epaulet Skimmer Orthetrum chrysostigma Apr – Aug
Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens anceps Apr – Nov
Small Skimmer Orthetrum taeniolatum May – Sep
Red-veined Darter Sympetrum fonscolombii Mar – Nov
Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum May – Nov
Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum Apr – Nov
Southern Darter Sympetrum meridionale May – Nov
Broad Scarlet Crocothemis erythraea Apr – Sep
Violet Dropwing Trithemis annulata Apr – Oct
Black Pennant Selysiothemis nigra May – Sep


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