Dragonfly List

My life list of dragonfly and damselfly (Order Odonata) sightings. Linked species go to my photos on Flickr, when I have them. At present this is pretty incomplete, as I’m still going through and identifying my photo backlog.

US states or other regional designations where I have seen these species follow in parentheses. An asterisk indicates where I first saw a species.

Dragonflies and Damselflies (Order Odonata)

Damselflies (Suborder Zygoptera)

Broad-winged Damselflies (Family Calopterygidae)

American Rubyspot (Hetaerina americana) (CO*)

Spreadwings (Family Lestidae)

Great Spreadwing (Archilestes grandis) (CO*)

Spotted Spreadwing (Lestes congener) (ID*)
Emerald Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) (ID*)

Pond Damsels (Family Coenagrionidae)

Western Red Damsel (Amphiagrion abbreviatum) (CO*)

Blue-fronted Dancer (Argia apicalis) (TX*)
Kiowa Dancer (Argia immunda) (TX*)
Powdered Dancer (Argia moesta) (TX*)
Blue-ringed Dancer (Argia sedula) (TX*)

Boreal Bluet (Enallagma boreale)? (UT*)
Familiar Bluet (Enallagma civile) (CO, OK, TX, UT)
Orange Bluet (Enallagma signatum) (CO*)

Plains Forktails (Ischnura damula) (CO*)
Western Forktail (Ischnura perparva) (CO*)
Rambur’s Forktail (Ischnura ramburii) (HI*, TX)

Dragonflies (Suborder Anisoptera)

Darners or Hawkers (Family Aeshnidae)

Variable Darner (Aeshna interrupta interna)? (ID*)
Paddle-tailed Darner (Aeshna palmata) (CO*)

Common Green Darner (Anax junius) (CO*)

Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor) (CO*)

Clubtails (Family Gomphidae)

Sulphur-tipped Clubtail (Gomphus militaris) (OK*, TX)

Russet-tipped Clubtail (Stylurus plagiatus) (TX*)

Emeralds (Family Corduliidae)

None yet!

Skimmers (Family Libellulidae)

Calico Pennant (Celithemis elisa) (CO*)
Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina) (CO, OK*)
Banded Pennant (Celithemis fasciata) (OK*)

Checkered Setwing (Dythemis fugax) (TX*)
Swift Setwing (Dythemis velox) (OK*)

Western Pondhawk (Erythemis collocata) (CO*)
Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) (CO, OK*, TX)

Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) (Lesvos, Greece*)
Eight-spotted Skimmer (Libellula forensis) (CO*)
Scarce Chaser (Libellula fulva)? (Lesvos, Greece*)
Slaty Skimmer (Libellula incesta) (OK*)
Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa) (CO, OK*)
Twelve-spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella) (CO)
Great Blue Skimmer (Libellula vibrans) (OK*)

Roseate Skimmer (Orithemis ferruginea) (OK*, TX)

Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum) (Lesvos, Greece*)

Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) (CO, OK*, TX)

Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) (HI, OK*, TX)

Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis tenera) (TX*)

Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia) (CO, OK*, TX)

Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum) (CO*)
Cherry-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum internum) (ID*)
White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum) (CO*)
Striped Meadowhawk (Sympetrum pallipes) (CO*, ID)
Band-winged Meadowhawk (Sympetrum semicinctum fasciatum) (CO*)
Autumn Meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum) (CO*)

Black Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata) (CO, OK*, HI)
Red Saddlebags (Tramea onusta) (TX*)

Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata) (Lesvos, Greece*)


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