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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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Odolympics July 2022 - Initial Results

The Odolympics moved to July for 2022 to allow sampling of different species of Odonates than were reported for the June Odolympics in 2021.

This year's July Odolympics participants reported 247 species and 3044 observations to Odonata Central and 199 species and 2049 observations to iNatualist.

Since its inception, participants in the Odolympics have added 10,665 records of 364 species to the Odonata Central database.

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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.

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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.

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Phone App

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The Odonata Central phone app 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.

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.

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