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) in the Western Hemisphere. 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.


New Dragonfly ID app!

Dragonfly ID features bar charts built from the OdonataCentral database of sightings, recent sightings submitted to OdonataCentral displayed on maps, crowd-sourced text, images and more. Status and distribution information for odonates in North America!

Download from the Apple App store or learn more here.

New Article! Smith, W. & K. Tennessen. 2016. Description of the nymph of Ophiogomphus smithi (Odonata: Gomphidae), with a key to the species of Ophiogomphus in the western Great Lakes region. Great Lakes Entomologist. 49(1-2): 78-97. Contatact Ken Tennessen for pdf.

Atlas of European Dragonflies available

Dragonfly Haiku by K. Issa, K. Tennessen, and S. King

Dragonflies & Damselflies of Trinidad & Tobago by J. Michalski

Useful Links

Official Checklist to North American Odonata

Checklist of North American Odonata, 2016 Edition, by D. Paulson & S. Dunkle

New World Catalog, by R. Garrison and N. von Ellenreider

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.

Click here for the latest Argia

2016 DSA Annual Meeting in Provo, UT - 15-17 July 2016

2017 Membership Renewal


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 #462219, Dythemis velox in Williamson County, Texas, United States was submitted by Galen Stewart on 2017-Apr-25.
OC #462218, Libellula semifasciata in Caroline County, Maryland, United States was submitted by Mike Hannisian on 2017-Apr-24.
OC #462217, Ischnura posita in Washtenaw County, Michigan, United States was submitted by Darrin OBrien on 2017-Apr-24.
OC #462216, Enallagma aspersum in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States was submitted by Dave Patton on 2017-Apr-24.
OC #462215, Erythrodiplax umbrata in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States was submitted by Pavel Travieso on 2017-Apr-24.


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