Welcome to OdonataCentral

This site is designed to make available what we know about the distribution, biogeography, biodiversity, and identification of Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) world-wide. Use the navigation bars at the top of the page to move around in the site. Click here for a history and update of the site that appeared in Argia 22(4): 2010.

OdonataCentral is now accepting donations
Help OC continue to advance our knowledge of Odonata distributions in the New World by contributing.

Official Checklist to North American Odonata


Odonata of New Guinea and Neighboring Islands by John Michalski is now available online at OC

Major parts of John's new book including keys, have been made available on OC thanks to a donation made by Mike May.

New Features and Improvements to OdonataCentral
In addition to fixing some known bugs, we have implemented some new features to OdonataCentral. These include: improved drop-down menus, added a searchable directory of registered users, added the ability to upload large datasets as a batch, and made enhancements to the photo gallery.

Dragonfly Society of the Americas
OdonataCentral hosts the official website of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas. The journals Argia and the Bulletin of American Odonatology are online and searchable.

Checklist of North
American Odonata,
2012 Edition, by
D. Paulson & S. Dunkle

New Book
Dragonflies &
Damselflies of the
East, 2011 by
D. Paulson

New Book
Natural History of
Delmarva Dragonflies
and Damselflies
by H. White

Virtual Odonata Image Library
OdonataCentral now hosts a virtual library of odonata species. You can zoom, rotate and pan the images. 


Click here to see the new Virtual Image Library


Latest Record Submissions

OC #426602, Erythrodiplax berenice in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, United States was submitted by Steve Shively on 2014-Sep-01.
OC #426601, Ischnura kellicotti in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States was submitted by Ken Lebo on 2014-Sep-01.
OC #426600, Aeshna constricta in Cook County, Illinois, United States was submitted by STOIL IVANOV on 2014-Sep-01.
OC #426599, Lestes rectangularis in La Porte County, Indiana, United States was submitted by Paul Massey on 2014-Sep-01.
OC #426598, Sympetrum vicinum in La Porte County, Indiana, United States was submitted by Paul Massey on 2014-Sep-01.


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