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.

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Where are my iNaturalist Odolympics data?

We have not yet imported the Odolympics data from the iNatualist project. It is taking more time than anticipated to develop the software to do this, but we hope to have it working in the next few weeks at which time all the iNaturalist data will be automatically imported into Odonata Central.

Odolympics Preliminary Results

As of 9 July, a total of 13,169 records of 340 species have been submitted to the Odolympics. 6723 records of 313 species were submitted to Odonata Central and 6446 records of 266 species were submitted to iNatualist. Everyone had a lot of fun. Not too late to add your observations if you made them during 19-27 Jun time window. Just edit your checklist and select Odolympics as the project to tag your observations.


Odolympics Part I is over but Odolympics Part II starts in December!

If odes are flying where you are then, don't miss out on the fun!

The Dragonfly Society of the Americas, Sociedad de Odonatología Latinoamericana and Odonata Central are partnering to conduct the Odolympics 2021.

  • Odonate survey of the entire Western Hemisphere
  • Everyone can participate by entering observations into Odonata Central or iNaturalist
  • June and December Survey dates to accommodate participants in the entire Western Hemisphere
  • The goal is to record as many species from as many places as possible
  • You can have fun and contribute to citizen science by helping to create a single year snapshot of Odonate distribution

The Odonata Central Website

Odonata Central is place where you can keep track of all your observations, photos and specimens and manage all your personal lists, all while contributing to citizen science. There is an extensive database of odonate observations you can explore. There are many map types and many ways to view and filter data. Explore species lists for any location with early and late flight dates. Download any data set to a spreadsheet for further analysis. iNaturalist sightings are now included on maps and you can import observations directly from iNaturalist.

Help resources include the FAQ, a step-by-step User Guide and Video Tutorials.


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.


A New Look Top Menu

The top menu of Odonata Central has been updated and restructured. Many features have moved, and new features (like Taxonomy and Help) have been added. Take a few minutes to explore and familiarize yourself with the new arrangement. The pencil icon opens Add Observations directly.

New Phone App

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The Odonata Central phone app is a single function app that allows you to easily enter complete checklists into Odonata Central from your phone. Available for both IOS and Android and supporting English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. Search for it in either the Apple or Google Store.

July 2021 Update: 1. Observations are stored as you record so you will not lose data if you close the app or lose connectivity. 2. Expand/Collapse Button allows you collapse the list to view only species you have recorded and has a badge to show you the total number of species recorded.

Use the Add Photos button on the website to easily add photos to checklists created in the field with the app.

Watch a 10 minute instructional video: Introduction to the Odonata Central Phone App

Odonata Central is Now Multilingual!

Due to the power of Google Translate, Odonata Central can now be viewed in 108 languages. Select "Translate" from the top menu to select your language of choice.


The links formerly displayed here can now be found in the top menu under the Taxonomy tab.

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.

Download from the Apple App store or Google Play store. Learn more here.

(Note that this app allows you to view data from Odonata Central but does not yet allow you to enter observations into Odonata Central.)

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