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Order Odonata - Dragonflies and Damselflies

Blue Corporal - Ladona deplanata - Ladona deplanata Eastern Amberwing on an azalea - Perithemis tenera - female Ferd's Bog Dragonfly - Ladona julia - male Dragonfly - Arigomphus lentulus - female Anax junius ? - Rhionaeschna Blue - face meadowhawk ( Sympetrum ambiguum ) - Sympetrum ambiguum - male Neeham's or Golden-winged - Libellula Which Damselfly is this? - Enallagma carunculatum - male
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Other Common Names
Libellule (French), Libélula (Spanish); See(1) (BG's recommended source of common and scientific names)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Paraneuroptera Shipley, 1904. Zoologischer Anzeiger 27:260

See discussion on using(1) as an authority for taxonomy, common names
ca. 460 spp. in 92 genera of 12 families in our area(1); ca. 6000 spp. in ~600 genera of 29 families worldwide; 3 suborders (Anisozygoptera restricted to Asia)(2)
Excellent images for identification: Stricklands' site
Guides to regional & local faunas:(3)(4)(5)(6)(7)(8)(9)(10)(11)(12)(13)(14)(15)(16)(17)...
most of the world, with diversity conspicuously higher in warmer climes
for distribution of various taxa in NA refer to(18)(19)(6)
Internet References
Odonata information network(20)
Works Cited
1.Dragonfly Society of the Americas. 2012. North American Odonata
2.Dragonflies of the World
Jill Silsby. 2001. Smithsonian Institution Press.
3.The Odonata of Canada and Alaska
Edmond M. Walker, Philip S. Corbet. University of Toronto Press.
4.Damselflies of the North Woods
Bob DuBois. 2005. Kollath-Stensaas Publishing.
5.Dragonflies and damselflies of the East
D. Paulson. 2012. Princeton University Press. 576 pp.
6.Maine damselfly and dragonfly survey
7.Les odonates du Quebec
Jean-Guy Pilon and Denise Lagace. 1998. Entomofaune du Quebec.
8.Field Guide to The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Algonquin Provincial Park and the Surrounding Area
Colin D. Jones, Andrea Kingsley, Peter Burke, and Matt Holder. 2008. Friends of Algonquin.
9.Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West
Dennis Paulson. 2009. Princeton.
10.Dragonflies and Damselfies of Louisiana
Michael L. Ferro, Katherine A. Parys, Matthew L. Gimmel, Gayle Strickland, Jeanell Strickland. 2010. Louisiana State Arthropod Museum.
11.Dragonflies and Damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast
Giff Beaton. 2007. University of Georgia Press.
12.Dragonflies and Damselflies of Oregon - A Field Guide
Cary Kerst and Steve Gordon. 2011. Oregon State University Press, Corvallis, OR.
13.Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata) of Texas, Volume 3
John Abbott. 2008.
14.Dragonflies (Wild Guide)
Cynthia Berger, Amelia Hansen. 2004. Stackpole Books.
15.Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States
John C. Abbott. 2005. Princeton University Press.
16.Common Dragonflies of the Southwest
Kathy Biggs. 2004. Azalea Creek Pub.
17.Dragonflies and Damselflies of California
Tim Manolis. 2003. University of California Press.
18.Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata) of the United States
20.Mauffray B. 1994-2011. Odonata information network
21.Pilon et al. 1988-2013. Entomofaune du Québec