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Damselflies & Dragonflies in the Rodopi (Rhodope) Mountains

Zygoptera (Damselflies)


Eastern Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes parvidens)

Western Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes viridis)

Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarous)

Small Spreadwing (Lestes virens)

Dark Spreadwing (Lestes macrostigma)

Common Spradwing (Lestes sponsa)

Robust Sreadwing (Lestes dryas)

Common Winter Damsel (Sympecma fusca)


Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo)

Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens)


Odalisque (Epallage fatime)


Common Bluetail (Ischnura elegans)

Small Bluetail (Ischnura pumilio)

Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum)

Dainty Bluet (Coenagrion scitulum)

Spearhead Bluet (Coenagrion hastulatum)

Ornate Bluet (Coenagrion ornatum)

Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella)

Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum)

Large Redeye (Erythromma najas)

Blue-eye (Erythromma lindeni)

Small Redeye (Erythromma viridulum)

Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)


Blue Featherleg (Platycnemis pennipes)


Ansioptera (True Dragonflies)


Moorland Hawker (Aeshna juncea)

Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)

Blue-eyed Hawker (Aeshna affinis)

Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)

Green-eyed Hawker (Aeshna isosceles)

Blue Emperor (Anax imperator)

Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope)

Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger)

Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense)

Eastern Spectre (Caliaeschna microstigma)


River Clubtail (Gomphus flavipes)

Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus)

Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia)

Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus)

Bladetail (Lidenia tetraphylla)


Turkish Goldenring (Cordulegaster picta)

Balkan Goldenring (Cordulegaster heros)

Sombre Goldenring (Cordulegaster bidentata)


Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea)

Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica)

Balkan Emerald (Somatochlora meridionalis)

Bulgarian Emerald (Somatochlora borisi)

Yellow-spotted Emerald (Somatochlora flavomaculata)


Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)

Blue Chaser (Libellula fulva)

Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa)

Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum)

White-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum albistylum)

Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum)

Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens ssp. anceps)

Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)

Moustached Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum)

Southern Darter (Sympetrum meridionale)

Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombei)

Yellow-winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum)

Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)

Spotted Darter (Sympetrum depressiusculum)

Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontanum)

Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea)

Black Pennant (Selisiothemis nigra)