Welcome to Odonata Central
This citizen science web site site is focused on expanding our understanding of the distribution, biogeography, biodiversity, and identification of Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) in the Western Hemisphere. We encourage you to contribute your observations and explore the observations of others in maps, lists of records and species lists.Add Records Browse Records
The New Odonata Central Website
The Odonata Central website has been rebuilt from scratch for 2020 with loads of new features! All the previous data are here but everything else is new including many new ways to enter and explore the data.
You can now enter all your observations and manage all your personal lists. There are new map types and new ways to view data. Data entry and data browsing are greatly streamlined. Contemporary user interface. Powerful data filters have been added. There are more and larger photos. iNaturalist sightings are now included on maps and you can import observations directly from iNaturalist. Explore species lists for any location with early and late flight dates.Click Here for List of New Features
Tips for Entering Data
- Indicate your ID Confidence for each record, especially Observed Only records. See the FAQ.
- We prefer complete checklists of everything you saw.
- Check the box indicating you are submitting a complete checklist when you do.
- Using the Add Species button, you can enter records at higher taxonomic levels, such as Bluet sp., if you see things you can’t identify to species.
- If you collected a specimen, be sure to check the box indicating it is a Specimen Record.
- Check location of all imported iNaturalist records carefully.
Dragonfly ID app for IOS and Android
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.
(Note that this app allows you to view data from Odonata Central but does not yet allow you to enter observations into Odonata Central.)
Love the new Odonata Central? Please consider supporting the further development of Odonata Central with a tax-deductible donation to Birds in the Hand Software so that we can keep adding new features.
Dragonfly Society of the Americas
The Dragonfly Society of the Americas (DSA) advances the discovery, conservation and knowledge of Odonata through observation, collection, research, publication and education.DSA website