Damselfly and Dragonfly Life List
Updated August 18, 2020
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.
I've organized my sightings into two major groups:
Dragonfly Life List
Lance-tipped DarnerAeshna constricta, photograhed in Beaverton, Oregon
Flame SkimmerEnallagma cyathigerum from Organ Pipe National Monument, Arizona
Eight-Spotted SkimmerLibellula forensis, photographed in Beaverton, Oregon
Widow SkimmerLibellula luctuosa, photographed in Beaverton, Oregon
Western Pondhawkfrom Sauvie Island, Oregon
Seaside DragonletErythrodiplax berenice from Playa Ancon, Cuba
Seaside Dragonlet Photo 2Erythrodiplax berenice from Playa Ancon, Cuba
Band-winged DragonletErythrodiplax umbrata from Abaco, Bahamas
Common WhitetailPlathemis lydia from Tualatin, Oregon
Variegated MeadowhawkSympetrum corruptum, photographed in Tualatin, Oregon. This is an adult female.
Scarlet Skimmerfrom Kauai, Hawaii
Blue-eyed DarnerAeshna multicolor, photographed at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington
Halloween PennantCelithemis eponina, photographed in Central Minnesota. This striking dragonfly of Eastern North America is often confused with butterflies.
Twelve-spotted Skimmerfrom Central Minnesota
First photo is of female. Second photo is of male.
Carmine SkipperOrthemis discolor, photographed in the Soberania Jungle, Panama
Black SaddlebagsTramea lacerata, photographed at Koll Wetlands, Oregon
Blue DasherPachydiplax longipennis, photographed at Koll Wetlands, Oregon
Unidentified Dragonflyfrom Kauai, Hawaii
Unidentified Dragonflyfrom Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington
Unidentified Dragonflyfrom Tambopata River region of Peru
Unidentified Dragonflyfrom Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Unidentified Dragonflyfrom Tambopata region of Peru
Damselfly Life List
River JewelwingArchilestes californica from Southeastern Oregon
Black PetaltailTanypteryx hageni, photographed in the Jefferson Park Wilderness, Oregon
California Spreadwing DamselflyCalopteryx aequabilis, photographed in Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon
Common Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum
Unidentified Helicopter DamselflyPhotographed on the Napo River, Ecuador
Unidentified Damselflyfrom Abaco, Bahamas
Unidentified Damselflyfrom Tambopata River region of Peru
Unidentified Damselflyfrom Sauvie Island, Oregon