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. See Argia 22(4): 2010 for a history and update of the site as of 2010 and click here for subsequent major updates. View a list of donors to OC.


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!

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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

2017 Membership Renewal



Latest Record Submissions

OC #478561, Cordulegaster sarracenia in Vernon Parish, Louisiana, United States was submitted by Steve Shively on 2018-Mar-23.
OC #478560, Basiaeschna janata in Columbia County, Arkansas, United States was submitted by Devin Moon on 2018-Mar-23.
OC #478559, Epitheca semiaquea in Union Parish, Louisiana, United States was submitted by Kelby Ouchley on 2018-Mar-22.
OC #478558, Epitheca cynosura in Travis County, Texas, United States was submitted by Galen Stewart on 2018-Mar-22.
OC #478557, Ischnura ramburii in Lee County, Florida, United States was submitted by L Padera on 2018-Mar-21.


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