Dragonflies and Damselflies of Beijing

This page covers the 68 species of Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies) of Beijing.  Inside the 6th ring road, some of the best locations for seeing Odonata in Beijing include the Botanical Gardens and the Olympic Forest Park.  The mountains and valleys of northern and western Beijing, for example Huairou, Mentougou, Miyun and Yanqing Districts are also great places to explore.

The aim of this page is to build up a library of images from the capital.  With that in mind, submissions of photographs are welcome, particularly of species not yet photographed or of sexes and ages not yet illustrated on this page.  If you have images you are willing to share, please use the contact form at the end of this page, including details about your images (species, sex, location, date).  All will be fully credited.  Thank you.  Special thanks to 混沌牛 for advice and for providing many images for this page.

There is an excellent Chinese language webpage (with scientific names) for Odonata in Beijing here, run by the Beijing Dragonfly Network and led by Liu Yiliang. The information here will be the most up to date available.

For those who are interested in the Odonata of wider China,  there is an excellent two-volume book of the “Dragonflies and Damselflies of China” (in Chinese with scientific and english names) by Zhang Haomiao of Chongqing University.  It is available online at this link.

Header image: Mnais sp, Yanqing County, Beijing, 8 June 2020.  This species is similar to Mnais tenuis from South China but orange-winged male with whole abdomen whitish pruinosed.  Present in Beijing, Hubei and Anhui.  Flight season April to July.

 

Cordulegasteridae   大蜓科   Dà tíng kē  Spiketails

1. Anotogaster kuchenbeiseri   双斑圆臀大蜓  Shuāng bān yuán tún dà tíng

Anotogaster kuchenbeiseri 双斑圆臀大蜓 Shuāng bān yuán tún dà tíng. Photo by 混沌牛.

 

2. Neallogaster pekinensis   北京角臀蜓  Běijīng jiǎo tún tíng 

Neallogaster pekinensis   北京角臀蜓 Běijīng jiǎo tún tíng. Photo by 混沌牛.

Aeshnidae    蜓科  Tíng kē  Hawkers

3. Aeshna soneharai   混合蜓  Hùnhé tíng

Note that Aeshna soneharai was split from Aeshna mixta in 2022 based on abdominal markings and DNA analysis – see paper here.  In East Asia it should be only Aeshna soneharai that is present.

Aeshna soneharai , 混合蜓 Hùnhé tíng, ID City, Shunyi District, 3 September 2020 (Terry Townshend)
Aeshna soneharai, 混合蜓 Hùnhé tíng, ID City, Shunyi District, 3 September 2020 (Terry Townshend)

 

4. Aeschnophlebia longistigma  长痣绿蜓 Zhǎng zhì lǜ tíng

Aeschnophlebia longistigma  长痣绿蜓 Zhǎng zhì lǜ tíng. Photo by 混沌牛.

 

5. Anax nigrofasciatus  黑纹伟蜓  Hēi wén wěi tíng  Blue-spotted Emperor

6. Anax parthenope julius  碧伟蜓  Bì wěi tíng  Lesser Emperor.  Note this former subspecies has been elevated to species status Anax julius.  See this paper.

Anax parthenope julius,  碧伟蜓 Bì wěi tíng,   Lesser Emperor, ID City, Shunyi District, 28 July 2020 (Terry Townshend)
Anax parthenope julius, 碧伟蜓 Bì wěi tíng, Lesser Emperor, ID City, Shunyi District, 15 August 2020 (Terry Townshend)
Anax parthenope julius  碧伟蜓 Bì wěi tíng  Lesser Emperor. Photo by Philip Gould.

 

7. Cephalaeschna patrorum  长者头蜓 Zhǎng zhě tóu tíng

8. Planaeschna shanxiensis   山西黑额蜓 Shānxī hēi é tíng

9. Aeshna juncea   竣蜓 Jùn tíng  Common Hawker

Aeshna juncea   竣蜓  Jùn tíng  Common Hawker, Wulingshan. Photo by 混沌牛.混沌牛.
Aeshna juncea   竣蜓  Jùn tíng  Common Hawker, Wulingshan. Photo by 混沌牛.

10. Aeshna lucia  梭蜓 Suō tíng

11. Aeshna subarctica   极北蜓  Jí běi tíng  Subarctic Darner* 

Aeshna subarctica   极北蜓   Subarctic Darner, Chengde, Hebei Province. Photo by 混沌牛.

Gomphidae  春蜓科   Chūn tíng kē    Clubtails     

12. Anisogomphus maacki   马奇异春蜓 Mǎ qíyì chūn tíng

Anisogomphus maacki   马奇异春蜓 Mǎ qíyì chūn tíng, male, BaiHe, 13 July 2020 (Terry Townshend)

13. Asiagomphus hesperius 西南亚春蜓  Xīnán yà chūn tíng

Asiagomphus hesperius 西南亚春蜓  Xīnán yà chūn tíng, BaiHe, July 2022.  Photo by 混沌牛

 

14. Burmagomphus collaris   领纹缅春蜓 Lǐng wén miǎn chūn tíng

Burmagomphus collaris  领纹缅春蜓 Lǐng wén miǎn chūn tíng (immature female), July 2022.  Photo by 混沌牛.

 

15. Davidius bicornutus/Dubitogomphus bicornutus   双角戴春蜓 Shuāng jiǎo dàichūntíng

Dubitogomphus bicornutus,  双角戴春蜓 Shuāng jiǎo dàichūntíng, female, Miyun County, 3 August 2019 (Terry Townshend)

16. Gastrogomphus abdominalis  长腹春蜓 Zhǎng fù chūn tíng

17. Gomphidia confluens  联纹小叶春蜓  Lián wén xiǎoyè chūn tíng Keel-tailed Tiger

Gomphidia confluens  联纹小叶春蜓  Lián wén xiǎoyè chūn tíng Keel-tailed Tiger. Photo by 混沌牛.
Gomphidia confluens  联纹小叶春蜓  Lián wén xiǎoyè chūn tíng  Keel-tailed Tiger. Photo by Philip Gould.

18. Lamelligomphus ringens  环纹环尾春蜓 Huán wén huán wěi chūn tíng

Lamelligomphus ringens,  环纹环尾春蜓 Huán wén huán wěi chūn tíng, male, Huairou District, 6 August 2020 (Terry Townshend)

19. Ophiogomphus spinicornis   棘角蛇纹春蜓 Jí jiǎo shé wén chūn tíng

Ophiogomphus spinicornis   棘角蛇纹春蜓 Jí jiǎo shé wén chūn tíng. Photo by 混沌牛.

20. Sieboldius albardae  艾氏施春蜓  Ài shì shīchūntíng  Great Clubtail

Sieboldius albardae, 艾氏施春蜓 Ài shì shīchūntíng, Great Clubtail, male, BaiHe, 1 August 2020 (Terry Townshend)

21. Sinictinogomphus clavatus   大团扇春蜓  Dà tuánshàn chūn tíng Golden Flangetail

Sinictinogomphus clavatus   大团扇春蜓  Dà tuánshàn chūn tíng Golden Flangetail. Photo by 混沌牛.
Sinictinogomphus clavatus   大团扇春蜓 Dà tuánshàn chūn tíng, Golden Flangetail. Photo by Philip Gould.

22. Stylurus occultus  奇特扩腹春蜓 Qítè kuò fù chūn tíng

Corduliidae  伪蜻科 Wěi qīng kē Emeralds

23. Epitheca marginata  缘斑毛伪蜻 Yuán bān máo wěi qīng

Epitheca marginata 缘斑毛伪蜻 Yuán bān máo wěi qīng. Photo by 混沌牛
Epitheca marginata 缘斑毛伪蜻 Yuán bān máo wěi qīng. Female with eggs at tip of abdomen. Photo by 混沌牛

24. Epophthalmia elegans  闪蓝丽大蜻   Regal Pond Cruiser

Epophthalmia elegans  闪蓝丽大蜻   Regal Pond Cruiser. Photo by 混沌牛.

25. Macromia beijingensis  北京弓蜻 Běijīng gōng qīng

Macromia beijingensis  北京弓蜻 Běijīng gōng qīng.  Photo by 混沌牛

 

26. Somatochlora graeseri   格氏金光伪蜻 Gé shì jīnguāng wěi qīng

27. Somatochlora japonica  日本金光伪蜻 Rìběn jīnguāng wěi qīng

28. Macromia manchurica  东北大伪蜻 Dōngběi dà wěi qīng

Macromia manchurica 东北大伪蜻 Dōngběi dà wěi qīng, Mentougou District. Photo by 混沌牛

Libellulidae   蜻科  Qīng kē  Skimmers

29. Brachydiplax chalybea  蓝额疏脉蜻  Lán é shū mài qīng Oriental Blue Dasher

Brachydiplax chalybea, 蓝额疏脉蜻 Lán é shū mài qīng, Oriental Blue Dasher, Olympic Forest Park, Beijing, 17 August 2021 (Photo by 混沌牛).  Formerly rare in Beijing, but more records in early 2020s, possibly indicating a northward expansion of its range from southern China, where it is common.

 

Brachydiplax chalybea, 蓝额疏脉蜻 Lán é shū mài qīng, Oriental Blue Dasher (male), Shunyi District, 22 July 2023 (Terry Townshend)

Brachydiplax chalybea, 蓝额疏脉蜻 Lán é shū mài qīng, Oriental Blue Dasher (female), Shunyi District, 22 July 2023 (Terry Townshend)

30. Crocothemis servilia   红蜻  Hóng qīng  Scarlet Darter/Crimson Darter

Crocothemis servilia,   红蜻 Hóng qīng,   Scarlet Darter, male, ID City, Shunyi District, 3 July 2020 (Terry Townshend)
Crocothemis servilia   红蜻 Hóng qīng  Scarlet Darter/Crimson Darter, male. Photo by Philip Gould.
Crocothemis servilia,   红蜻 Hóng qīng,   Scarlet Darter, female, ID City, Shunyi District, 3 July 2020 (Terry Townshend)

31. Deielia phaon  异色多纹蜻  Yì sè duō wén qīng  Frosted Skimmer

Deielia phaon  异色多纹蜻  Yì sè duō wén qīng  Frosted Skimmer, male, Ma Chang, 22 July 2022. Photo by Terry Townshend.

Deielia phaon  异色多纹蜻  Yì sè duō wén qīng,  Frosted Skimmer, male. Photo by Philip Gould.
Deielia phaon  异色多纹蜻  Yì sè duō wén qīng,  Frosted Skimmer. Female. Photo by 混沌牛.
Deielia phaon  异色多纹蜻  Yì sè duō wén qīng,  Frosted Skimmer, female. Photo by Philip Gould.

32. Libellula angelina  低斑蜻  Dī bān qīng,  Bekko Tombo

Libellula angelina    低斑蜻  Dī bān qīng,  Bekko Tombo. Photo by 混沌牛.
Libellula angelina  低斑蜻  Dī bān qīng, Bekko Tombo, Shunyi District, May 2022. Photo by Terry Townshend.

33. Libellula quadrimaculata  小斑蜻 Xiǎo bān qīng  Four-spotted Skimmer 

Libellula quadrimaculata  小斑蜻 Xiǎo bān qīng  Four-spotted Skimmer, Yanqing, 9 August 2021 (Terry Townshend)

34. Orthetrum albistylum  白尾灰蜻  Báiwěi huī qīng  White-tailed Skimmer/White-tipped Skimmer

Orthetrum albistylum  白尾灰蜻 Báiwěi huī qīng,  White-tailed Skimmer/White-tipped Skimmer, male. Photo by Philip Gould.
Orthetrum albistylum,  白尾灰蜻 Báiwěi huī qīng,  White-tailed Skimmer, immature male, 26 June 2020, ID City, Shunyi District (Terry Townshend)
Orthetrum albistylum  白尾灰蜻  Báiwěi huī qīng, White-tailed Skimmer/White-tipped Skimmer, female. Photo by Philip Gould.

35. Orthetrum brunneum  蓝蜻蜓  Lán qīng tíng  Southern Skimmer 

Orthetrum brunneum  蓝蜻蜓  Lán qīng tíng  Southern Skimmer, Huairou District, 10 August 2022 (Terry Townshend)

 

36. Orthetrum lineostigma  线痣灰蜻 Xiàn zhì huī qīng

Orthetrum lineostigma  线痣灰蜻 Xiàn zhì huī qīng, male. Photo by 混沌牛.
Orthetrum lineostigma 线痣灰蜻 Xiàn zhì huī qīng, male, Shunyi District, 23 July 2020 (Terry Townshend)

37. Orthetrum melania  异色灰蜻 Yì sè huī qīng  Great Blue Skimmer

Orthetrum melania  异色灰蜻  Yì sè huī qīng  Great Blue Skimmer, male, Huairou District, 11 August 2023 (Terry Townshend)
Orthetrum melania   异色灰蜻  Yì sè huī qīng  Great Blue Skimmer, female. Photo by 混沌牛

38. Pantala flavescens   黄蜻  Huáng qīng,  Wandering Glider/Globe Skimmer

Pantala flavescens   黄蜻  Huáng qīng,  Wandering Glider/Globe Skimmer, ID City, Shunyi District, 3 July 2020 (Terry Townshend)
Pantala flavescens   黄蜻  Huáng qīng, Wandering Glider/Globe Skimmer. Photo by Philip Gould.

39. Pseudothemis zonata   玉带蜻  Yùdài qīng  Pied Skimmer

Pseudothemis zonata   玉带蜻  Yùdài qīng, Pied Skimmer, female. Photo by 混沌牛.
Pseudothemis zonata   玉带蜻 Yùdài qīng,  Pied Skimmer, male. Photo by Philip Gould.

40. Rhyothemis fuliginosa    黑丽翅蜻  Hēi lì chì qīng  Butterfly Skimmer

Rhyothemis fuliginosa    黑丽翅蜻  Hēi lì chì qīng   Butterfly Skimmer. Photo by Philip Gould.

41. Sympetrum croceolum  半黄赤蜻 Bàn huáng chì qīng  Yellow Darter

Sympetrum croceolum  半黄赤蜻  Bàn huáng chì qīng  Yellow Darter, Wenyu River, 23 October 2022 (Terry Townshend)

 

42. Sympetrum depressiusculum  扁腹赤蜻 Biǎn fùchì qīng  Spotted Darter 

A male Spotted Darter Sympetrum depressiusculum  扁腹赤蜻 Biǎn fùchì qīng at the Wenyu River, 25 September 2022 (Terry Townshend)

Female Spotted Darter Sympetrum depressiusculum  扁腹赤蜻 Biǎn fùchì qīng, ID City, Shunyi District, 14 September 2023 (Terry Townshend)

43. Sympetrum frequens  秋赤蜻  Qiū chì qīng  Autumn Darter

Sympetrum frequens, 秋赤蜻 Qiū chì qīng, Autumn Darter, female, Shunyi District, 3 August 2020 (Terry Townshend)

44. Sympetrum eroticum   竖眉赤蜻  Shù méi chì qīng  Spot-fronted Darter

Sympetrum eroticum,  竖眉赤蜻,  Shù méi chì qīng,  Spot-fronted Darter, adult male, BaiHe, 1 August 2020 (Terry Townshend)
Sympetrum eroticum,  竖眉赤蜻,  Shù méi chì qīng,  Spot-fronted Darter, immature male, Huairou, 7 August 2021 (Terry Townshend)
Sympetrum eroticum, 竖眉赤蜻, Shù méi chì qīng,  Spot-fronted Darter, female. Photo by 混沌牛.

45. Sympetrum flaveolum 黄斑赤蜻  Huángbān chì qīng  Yellow-winged Darter

Sympetrum flaveolum 黄斑赤蜻 Huángbān chì qīng Yellow-winged Darter.  Note: this image was taken in northern Hebei Province.  It is rare in Beijing. Photo by 混沌牛

46. Sympetrum fonscolombii   方氏赤蜻   Fāng shì chì qīng  Red-veined Darter

Sympetrum fonscolombii, 方氏赤蜻 Fāng shì chì qīng Red-veined Darter / Nomad, male, Shunyi District, 15 August 2020 (Terry Townshend)
Sympetrum fonscolombii, Red-veined Darter / Nomad, 方氏赤蜻 Fāng shì chì qīng, male, Shunyi District, Beijing, 28 July 2020 (Terry Townshend)
Sympetrum fonscolombii, 方氏赤蜻 Fāng shì chì qīng, Red-veined Darter / Nomad, male. Photo by 混沌牛.

47. Sympetrum kunckeli   小黄赤蜻  Xiǎo huáng chì qīng

Sympetrum kunckeli, 小黄赤蜻 Xiǎo huáng chì qīng, immature male, Kangxi Grassland, 9 August 2021 (Terry Townshend)
Sympetrum kunckeli   小黄赤蜻 Xiǎo huáng chì qīng, immature male,  Olympic Forest Park. Photo by 混沌牛.

48. Sympetrum pedemontanum   褐带赤蜻  Hè dài chì qīng Banded Darter

Sympetrum pedemontanum   褐带赤蜻  Hè dài chì qīng  Banded Darter.  Photo by 混沌牛

49. Sympetrum speciosum  黄基赤蜻  Huáng jī chì qīng

50. Sympetrum striolatum  条斑黄赤蜻  Tiáo bān huáng chì qīng  Common Darter

Sympetrum striolatum  条斑黄赤蜻  Tiáo bān huáng chì qīng Common Darter, male. Photo by Philip Gould.
Sympetrum striolatum  条斑黄赤蜻  Tiáo bān huáng chì qīng  Common Darter, female. Photo by Philip Gould.

51. Sympetrum uniforme   大黄赤蜻  Dàhuáng chì qīng

52. Tramea virginia   华斜痣蜻  Huá xié zhì qīng  Saddlebag Glider

Tramea virginia 华斜痣蜻  Huá xié zhì qīng Saddlebag Glider, Yongdinghe.  Photo by 混沌牛.

Tramea virginia 华斜痣蜻  Huá xié zhì qīng  Saddlebag Glider, Yongdinghe.  Photo by 混沌牛.

 

Zygoptera 差翅亚目 Chà chì yà mù  Damselflies

Calopterygidae   色蟌科  Sè cōng kē   Broad-winged Damselflies

53. Atrocalopteryx atrata   黑暗色蟌  Hēi’àn sè cōng  Black-winged Jewelwing

Atrocalopteryx atrata   黑暗色蟌  Hēi’àn sè cōng, Black-winged Jewelwing, male, Huairou, 7 August 2021 (Terry Townshend)
Atrocalopteryx atrata, 黑暗色蟌 Hēi’àn sè cōng, Black-winged Jewelwing, female, Huairou, 6 August 2020 (Terry Townshend). 
Atrocalopteryx atrata, 黑暗色蟌 Hēi’àn sè cōng, Black-winged Jewelwing, female ovipositing, Huairou, 7 August 2021 (Terry Townshend)

54. Matrona basilaris   透顶单脉色蟌  Tòudǐng dān mài sè cōng

Matrona basilaris, 透顶单脉色蟌 Tòudǐng dān mài sè cōng, male, Yanqing County, 1 August 2020 (Terry Townshend) 

55. Mnais sp  This species is similar to Mnais tenuis from South China but orange-winged male with whole abdomen whitish pruinosed.  Present in Beijing, Hubei and Anhui.  Flight season April to July.

Mnais sp., male, Yanqing County, 8 June 2020 (Terry Townshend)
Mnais sp., female, Yanqing County, 8 June 2020 (Terry Townshend)
Mnais sp, copula, Yanqing County, 8 June 2020 (Terry Townshend)

Coenagrionidae  蟌科 Cōng kē  Narrow-winged Damselflies

56. Ceriagrion nipponicum  日本黄蟌 Rìběn huáng cōng

Ceriagrion nipponicum  日本黄蟌 Rìběn huáng cōng. Photo by 混沌牛.
Ceriagrion nipponicum  日本黄蟌 Rìběn huáng cōng, Olympic Forest Park, 26 June 2020 (Terry Townshend)

57. Ischnura asiatica   东亚异痣蟌  Dōngyà yì zhì cōng  Asiatic Bluetail

Ischnura asiatica 东亚异痣蟌 Dōngyà yì zhì cōng, Asiatic Bluetail, male, 5 August 2021, ChaoBaiHe. Note 9th abdominal segment all blue.
Ischnura asiatica, 东亚异痣蟌 Dōngyà yì zhì cōng, Asiatic Bluetail, mating pair, Shunyi District, 16 July 2020 (Terry Townshend)
Ischnura asiatica   东亚异痣蟌 Dōngyà yì zhì cōng, Asiatic Bluetail, female, Shunyi District, 5 July 2020 (Terry Townshend)
Ischnura asiatica 东亚异痣蟌 Dōngyà yì zhì cōng, Asiatic Bluetail, immature female, Olympic Forest Park, 26 June 2020 (Terry Townshend)

58. Ischnura elegans   长叶异痣蟌  Cháng yè yì zhì cōng  Blue-tailed Damselfly

Ischnura elegans, 长叶异痣蟌 Cháng yè yì zhì cōng,  Blue-tailed Damselfly, adult male, 4 July 2021, Wenyu River (Terry Townshend)
Ischnura elegans, 长叶异痣蟌Cháng yè yì zhì cōng,  Blue-tailed Damselfly, female, 7 August 2021, Wenyu River (Terry Townshend)

59. Paracercion calamorum dyeri  蓝纹尾蟌  Lán wén wěi cōng,  Dusky Lilysquatter

Paracercion calamorum,  蓝纹尾蟌 Lán wén wěi cōng,  Dusky Lilysquatter, male, Olympic Forest Park, 26 June 2020 (Terry Townshend)
Paracercion calamorum,  蓝纹尾蟌 Lán wén wěi cōng,  Dusky Lilysquatter, female, Wenyu River, 30 June 2021 (Terry Townshend)
Paracercion calamorum,  蓝纹尾蟌 Lán wén wěi cōng,  Dusky Lilysquatter, female, ChaoBaiHe, 5 August 2021 (Terry Townshend)

60. Paracercion hieroglyphicum   隼尾蟌

Paracercion hieroglyphicum   隼尾蟌, male. Photo by 混沌牛.

61. Paracercion melanotum    黑背尾蟌  Hēi bèi wěi cōng  Eastern Lilysquatter 

Paracercion melanotum    黑背尾蟌  Hēi bèi wěi cōng, male, ChaoBai River, 28 July 2021 (Terry Townshend)

62. Paracercion plagiosum    七条尾蟌  Qītiáo wěi cōng

Paracercion plagiosum  七条尾蟌  Qītiáo wěi cōng, male. Photo by 混沌牛.
Paracercion plagiosum 七条尾蟌 Qītiáo wěi cōng, female, Ma Chang, 15 July 2020 (Terry Townshend)

63. Paracercion v-nigrum  捷尾蟌 Jié wěi cōng

Paracercion v-nigrum  捷尾蟌 Jié wěi cōng. Male (right) and female. Photo by 混沌牛.

64. Copera tokyoensis  黑狭扇蟌 Hēi xiá shàn cōng

65. Platycnemis foliacea   白扇蟌  Báishàn cōng,  Warfan Damselfly

Platycnemis foliacea   白扇蟌  Báishàn cōng, Warfan Damselfly, male. Photo by 混沌牛.
Platycnemis foliacea, 白扇蟌 Báishàn cōng, Warfan Damselfly, male and female mating, Yanqing County, 1 August 2020 (Terry Townshend)

66. Platycnemis phyllopoda    叶足扇蟌  Yè zú shàn cōng

Platycnemis phyllopoda, 叶足扇蟌 Yè zú shàn cōng, Yanqing County, 8 June 2020 (Terry Townshend)
Platycnemis phyllopoda, 叶足扇蟌 Yè zú shàn cōng. Photo by 混沌牛.

Lestidae    丝蟌科  Sī cōng kē   Spread-winged Damselflies

67. Lestes sponsa  桨尾丝蟌  Jiǎng wěi sī cōng  Emerald Damselfly

Lestes sponsa  桨尾丝蟌 Jiǎng wěi sī cōng,  Emerald Damselfly, male. Photo by Philip Gould.
Lestes sponsa  桨尾丝蟌 Jiǎng wěi sī cōng, Emerald Damselfly, male and female. Photo by Philip Gould.

68. Sympecma paedisca  三叶黄丝蟌  Sān yè huáng sī cōng, Siberian Winterdamsel

Siberian Winterdamsel  Sympecma paedisca  三叶黄丝蟌  Sān yè huáng sī cōng, Yanqing, 10 September 2023 (Terry Townshend)

 

*Aeschna subarctica was photographed near Chengde in Hebei Province and may occur in Beijing.

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