Recording Dragonflies and Damselflies

Broad-bodied Chaser by Terry Dunstan
Broad-bodied Chaser © Terry Dunstan

Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies) are fascinating insects with complex lifecycles and behaviours. About 5,300 Odonata have been described world-wide, Britain has only 38 breeding species.

Of the UK species 28 are found in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Twenty four Odonata species are known to breed in Cornwall, 10 Zygoptera (damselflies) and 14 Anisoptera (dragonflies). The populations of resident species are frequently reinforced by migrants from Europe, with 4 sometimes reaching the shores of Cornwall.


How to identify

There is a huge amount of information on identification of Odonata available both locally and nationally. 

Download the ERCCIS ID guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of Cornwall


Local Groups and Recording Schemes

British Dragonfly Society is the national recording scheme for Odonata, find out more on their website. 

The county recorder for Odonata, Steve Jones, runs the Cornish Nature website which is an excellent starting point for information on Cornish Odonata species




Submit records of Odonata onto Online Recording Kernow and Scilly (ORKS)