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 Add Photos
Add Your Observations to the Odolympics
Be sure to add your observations to the totals for the Odolympics. During the Odolympics (19 Jun - 27 Jun), use the drop down Project list on the first page of Add Records and select the Odolympics.
Calling all Ode Enthusiastists! The Odolympics starts in June!
- 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.
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.
New Add Photos button
Easy way to add photos to a checklist. Especially helpful to Phone App users. Just click "Add Photos" on the home page, select your checklist and drag and drop!
Phone app available NOW!
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.
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.
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.)
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