Damselfly and Dragonfly Life List
This is my list of all the dragonflies and damselflies I have photographed and attempted to identify.
Dragonflies and damselflies, the Odonata order, like birds and butterflies, exist just about everywhere, but appear inconsistently everywhere they inhabit. This makes them equally intriguing as a traveler's game in identification.
I am always amazed by the diversity of the odonata, and particularly the rich and vivid hues found on some species in areas where few other creatures are similarly exotically colored.
There is a growing number of resources for identifying and creating a life list of dragonflies and damselflies, but the interest and marketplace is still in its infancy. An iPhone app by the reliable Birdseye Apps, Dragonfly ID, shows promise for North American species, north of Mexico.
Dragonfly Life List
Flame SkimmerEnallagma cyathigerum from Organ Pipe National Monument, Arizona
Western Pondhawkfrom Sauvie Island, Oregon
Halloween PennantCelithemis eponina from Central Minnesota
Seaside DragonletErythrodiplax berenice from Playa Ancon, Cuba
Seaside Dragonlet Photo 2Erythrodiplax berenice from Playa Ancon, Cuba
Unidentified Dragonflyfrom Tambopata River region of Peru
Unidentified Dragonflyfrom Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Unidentified Dragonflyfrom Tambopata region of Peru
Band-winged DragonletErythrodiplax umbrata from Abaco, Bahamas
Common WhitetailPlathemis lydia from Tualatin, Oregon
Unidentified Dragonflyfrom Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington
Unidentified Dragonflyfrom Tualatin, Oregon
Unidentified Dragonflyfrom Kauai, Hawaii
Scarlet Skimmerfrom Kauai, Hawaii
Unidentified Dragonflyfrom Ridgefield NWR, Washington
Unidentified Dragonflyfrom Central Minnesota
Twelve-spotted Skimmerfrom Central Minnesota
First photo is of female. Second photo is of male.
Unidentified Dragonflyfrom Soberania Jungle, Panama
Damselfly Life List
California Spreadwing DamselflyArchilestes californica from Southeastern Oregon
Unidentified Damselflyfrom Abaco Bahamas
Unidentified Damselflyfrom Tambopata River region of Peru
Unidentified Damselflyfrom Sauvie Island, Oregon
Common Blue DamselflySome Kind of Bluet
Unidentified Damselfly or DragonflyNapo River, Ecuador