Chasers, Skimmers & Darters (Libellulidae)
The Libellulidae family is the largest dragonfly family in the world, containing over 1000 species. With nearly worldwide distribution, these are almost certainly the most often seen of all dragonflies.
There are eleven genera in the Libellulidae family in Europe. They are Libellula (4 species), Orthetrum (9 species), Leucorrhinia (5 species), Sympetrum (11 species), Crocothemis (1 species), Trithemis (2 species), Brachythemis (2 species), Diplacodes (1 species), Selysiothemis (1 species), Pantala (1 species) and Zygongx (1 species).
Fourteen species have been recorded in Britain.
  • Four-spotted Chaser: common and widespread
  • Broad-bodied Chaser: fairly common in southern Britain
  • Scarce Chaser: very local in southern England
  • Black-tailed Skimmer: locally common in England and Wales
  • Keeled Skimmer: scarce and local in S and W Britain
  • White-faced Darter: scarce and local, mainly in Scotland
  • Yellow-spotted Whiteface: a rare vagrant
  • Black Darter: locally common, except in S England
  • Common Darter: common and widespread
  • Ruddy Darter: locally common in England and Wales
  • Red-veined Darter: regular migrant and rare breeder
  • Yellow-veined Darter: a rare vagrant
  • Vagrant Darter: a rare vagrant
  • Scarlet Darter: a rare vagrant