Field Studies Council Chart

Guide to the dragonflies and damselflies of Britain

Steve Brooks

Illustrations by Richard Askew

This 12-panel laminated fold-out chart covers 16 damselfly species and 28 dragonfly species found in Britain.

Fold-out chart
September 1999
246 x 187 mm (folds out to 1 m)
12 pp
Colour throughout
Field Studies Council in association with the Natural History Museum


Often called the 'birdwatcher's insect', dragonflies and damselflies are large and charismatic insects with a distinctive flight pattern. Dragonfly and damselfly identification in the field can initially be daunting, but with practice most British species can be identified when in flight.

This 12-panel laminated fold-out chart covers 16 damselfly species and 28 dragonfly species. Separate images are given for the male and female forms of most species. Accompanying text provides extra background information on life-cycle and feeding.

This chart is part of the FSC's range of fold-out charts, designed to help users identify of a wide range of plants and animals. 

Each chart is laminated to make it shower-proof and robust for use outdoors. Clear colour illustrations and text by experts in the subject make these valuable resources for all age groups.

The FSC Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Britain is available to order from our co-publisher the Field Studies Council. For details of how to contact them, please visit Publishing partners.


Steve Brooks works in the Entomology Department of the Natural History Museum. 

Steve is a research entomologist specialising in freshwater insects and has studied dragonflies in Britain, Europe, Central America and Africa.

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