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Order Odonata - Dragonflies and Damselflies

Phylum Arthropoda - Arthropods
Subphylum Hexapoda - Hexapods
Class Insecta - Insects
Order Odonata - Dragonflies and Damselflies

Suborder Anisoptera - Dragonflies
Family Aeshnidae - Darners
Genus Aeshna - Mosaic Darners
Species canadensis - Canada Darner
Species clepsydra - Mottled Darner
Species constricta - Lance-tipped Darner
Species eremita - Lake Darner
Species interrupta - Variable Darner
Species juncea - Sedge Darner
Species palmata - Paddle-tailed Darner
Species persephone - Persephone's Darner
Species septentrionalis - Azure Darner
Species sitchensis - Zigzag Darner
Species subarctica - Subarctic Darner
Species tuberculifera - Black-tipped Darner
Species umbrosa - Shadow Darner
Species verticalis - Green-striped Darner
Species walkeri - Walker's Darner
Genus Anax
Species amazili - Amazon Darner
Species junius - Common Green Darner
Species longipes - Comet Darner
Species concolor - Blue-Spotted Comet
Species walsinghami - Giant Darner
Genus Basiaeschna - Springtime Darners
Species janata - Springtime Darner
Genus Boyeria - Spotted Darners
Species grafiana - Ocellated Darner
Species vinosa - Fawn Darner
Genus Coryphaeschna - Pilot Darners
Species adnexa - Blue-faced Darner
Species ingens - Regal Darner
Species viriditas - Mangrove Darner
Genus Epiaeschna
Species heros - Swamp Darner
Genus Gomphaeschna - Pygmy Darners
Species antilope - Taper-tailed Darner
Species furcillata - Harlequin Darner
Genus Gynacantha - Two-Spined Darners
Species mexicana - Bar-sided Darner
Species nervosa - Twilight Darner
Genus Nasiaeschna
Species pentacantha - Cyrano Darner
Genus Oplonaeschna - Riffle Darners
Species armata - Riffle Darner
Genus Remartinia
Species luteipennis - Malachite Darner
Species secreta - Remartinia secreta
Genus Rhionaeschna
Species californica - California Darner
Species dugesi - Arroyo Darner
Species multicolor - Blue-eyed Darner
Species mutata - Spatterdock Darner
Species psilus - Turquoise-tipped Darner
Genus Triacanthagyna - Three-spined Darners
Species caribbea - Caribbean Darner
Species septima - Pale-green Darner
Species trifida - Phantom Darner
No Taxon Unidentified nymphs and exuviae
Family Cordulegastridae - Spiketails
Genus Cordulegaster
Species bilineata - Brown Spiketail
Species diadema - Apache Spiketail
Species diastatops - Delta-spotted Spiketail
Species dorsalis - Pacific Spiketail
Species erronea - Tiger Spiketail
Species maculata - Twin-Spotted Spiketail
Species obliqua - Arrowhead Spiketail
Species sarracenia - Sarracenia Spiketail
Species sayi - Say's Spiketail
Family Corduliidae - Emeralds
Genus Cordulia - American Emerald
Species shurtleffii - American Emerald
Genus Dorocordulia - Little Emeralds
Species lepida - Petite Emerald
Species libera - Racket-tailed Emerald
Genus Epitheca - Baskettails
Species canis - Beaverpond Baskettail
Species costalis - Slender Baskettail
Species cynosura - Common Baskettail
Species petechialis - Dot-winged Baskettail
Species princeps - Prince Baskettail
Species semiaquea - Mantled Baskettail
Species sepia - Sepia Baskettail
Species spinigera - Spiny Baskettail
Species spinosa - Robust Baskettail
Species stella - Florida Baskettail
Genus Helocordulia - Sundragons
Species selysii - Selys' Sundragon
Species uhleri - Uhler's Sundragon
Genus Neurocordulia - Shadowdragons
Species alabamensis - Alabama Shadowdragon
Species michaeli - Broad-tailed Shadowdragon
Species molesta - Smoky Shadowdragon
Species obsoleta - Umber Shadowdragon
Species virginiensis - Cinnamon Shadowdragon
Species xanthosoma - Orange Shadowdragon
Species yamaskanensis - Stygian Shadowdragon
Genus Somatochlora - Striped Emeralds
Species albicincta - Ringed Emerald
Species brevicincta - Quebec Emerald
Species calverti - Calvert's Emerald
Species cingulata - Lake Emerald
Species elongata - Ski-tipped Emerald
Species ensigera - Plains Emerald
Species filosa - Fine-lined Emerald
Species forcipata - Forcipate Emerald
Species franklini - Delicate Emerald
Species georgiana - Coppery Emerald
Species hineana - Hine's Emerald
Species hudsonica - Hudsonian Emerald
Species incurvata - Incurvate Emerald
Species kennedyi - Kennedy's Emerald
Species linearis - Mocha Emerald
Species margarita - Texas Emerald
Species minor - Ocellated Emerald
Species ozarkensis - Ozark Emerald
Species provocans - Treetop Emerald
Species semicircularis - Mountain Emerald
Species septentrionalis - Muskeg Emerald
Species tenebrosa - Clamp-tipped Emerald
Species walshii - Brush-tipped Emerald
Species whitehousei - Whitehouse's Emerald
Species williamsoni - Williamson's Emerald
Genus Williamsonia - Boghaunters
Species fletcheri - Ebony Boghaunter
Species lintneri - Ringed Boghaunter
Family Gomphidae - Clubtails
Genus Aphylla - Forceptails
Species angustifolia - Broad-striped Forceptail
Species protracta - Narrow-striped Forceptail
Species williamsoni - Two-striped Forceptail
Genus Arigomphus - Pond Clubtails
Species cornutus - Horned Clubtail
Species furcifer - Lilypad Clubtail
Species lentulus - Stillwater Clubtail
Species maxwelli - Bayou Clubtail
Species pallidus - Gray-green Clubtail
Species submedianus - Jade Clubtail
Species villosipes - Unicorn Clubtail
Genus Dromogomphus - Spinylegs
Species armatus - Southeastern Spinyleg
Species spinosus - Black-shouldered Spinyleg
Species spoliatus - Flag-tailed Spinyleg
Genus Erpetogomphus - Ringtails
Species compositus - White-belted Ringtail
Species designatus - Eastern Ringtail
Species elaps - Straight-tipped Ringtail
Species eutainia - Blue-faced Ringtail
Species lampropeltis - Serpent Ringtail
Species crotalinus - Yellow-legged Ringtail
Genus Gomphurus
Species crassus - Handsome Clubtail
Species dilatatus - Blackwater Clubtail
Species externus - Plains Clubtail
Species fraternus - Midland Clubtail
Species gonzalezi - Tamaulipan Clubtail
Species hybridus - Cocoa Clubtail
Species lineatifrons - Splendid Clubtail
Species lynnae - Columbia Clubtail
Species modestus - Gulf Coast Clubtail
Species ozarkensis - Ozark Clubtail
Species septima - Septima's Clubtail
Species vastus - Cobra Clubtail
Species ventricosus - Skillet Clubtail
Genus Hagenius
Species brevistylus - Dragonhunter
Genus Hylogomphus
Species abbreviatus - Spine-crowned Clubtail
Species adelphus - Mustached Clubtail
Species apomyius - Banner Clubtail
Species geminatus - Twin-striped Clubtail
Species parvidens - Piedmont Clubtail
Species viridifrons - Green-faced Clubtail
Genus Lanthus - Pygmy Clubtails
Species parvulus - Northern Pygmy Clubtail
Species vernalis - Southern Pygmy Clubtail
Genus Octogomphus
Species specularis - Grappletail
Genus Ophiogomphus - Snaketails
Species anomalus - Extra-striped Snaketail
Species arizonicus - Arizona Snaketail
Species aspersus - Brook Snaketail
Species australis - Southern Snaketail
Species bison - Bison Snaketail
Species carolus - Riffle Snaketail
Species colubrinus - Boreal Snaketail
Species edmundo - Edmund's Snaketail
Species howei - Pygmy Snaketail
Species incurvatus - Appalachian Snaketail
Species mainensis - Maine Snaketail
Species morrisoni - Great Basin Snaketail
Species occidentis - Sinuous Snaketail
Species rupinsulensis - Rusty Snaketail
Species severus - Pale Snaketail
Species smithi - Sioux Snaketail
Species susbehcha - St. Croix Snaketail
Species westfalli - Westfall's Snaketail
Genus Phanogomphus
Species australis - Clearlake Clubtail
Species borealis - Beaverpond Clubtail
Species cavillaris - Sandhill Clubtail
Subspecies brimleyi - Brimley's "Sandhill" Clubtail
Species descriptus - Harpoon Clubtail
Species diminutus - Diminutive Clubtail
Species exilis - Lancet Clubtail
Species graslinellus - Pronghorn Clubtail
Species hodgesi - Hodges' Clubtail
Species kurilis - Pacific Clubtail
Species lividus - Ashy Clubtail
Species militaris - Sulphur-tipped Clubtail
Species minutus - Cypress Clubtail
Species oklahomensis - Oklahoma Clubtail
Species quadricolor - Rapids Clubtail
Species spicatus - Dusky Clubtail
Species westfalli - Westfall's Clubtail
Genus Phyllocycla
Species breviphylla - Ringed Forceptail
Genus Phyllogomphoides - Leaftails
Species albrighti - Five-striped Leaftail
Species stigmatus - Four-striped Leaftail
Genus Progomphus - Sanddragons
Species alachuensis - Tawny Sanddragon
Species bellei - Belle's Sanddragon
Species borealis - Gray Sanddragon
Species obscurus - Common Sanddragon
Genus Stenogomphurus
Species consanguis - Cherokee Clubtail
Species rogersi - Sable Clubtail
Genus Stylogomphus
Species sigmastylus - Interior Least Clubtail
Species albistylus - Eastern Least Clubtail
Genus Stylurus
Species amnicola - Riverine Clubtail
Species intricatus - Brimstone Clubtail
Species ivae - Shining Clubtail
Species laurae - Laura's Clubtail
Species notatus - Elusive Clubtail
Species olivaceus - Olive Clubtail
Species plagiatus - Russet-tipped Clubtail
Species scudderi - Zebra Clubtail
Species spiniceps - Arrow Clubtail
Species townesi - Townes' Clubtail
Family Libellulidae - Skimmers
No Taxon Larvae and Exuviae
Genus Brachymesia - Pennants
Species furcata - Red-tailed Pennant
Species gravida - Four-spotted Pennant
Species herbida - Tawny Pennant
Genus Brechmorhoga - Clubskimmers
Species mendax - Pale-faced Clubskimmer
Species praecox - Slender Clubskimmer
Genus Cannaphila - Narrow-winged Skimmers
Species insularis - Gray-waisted Skimmer
Genus Celithemis - Pennants
Species amanda - Amanda's Pennant
Species bertha - Red-veined Pennant
Species elisa - Calico Pennant
Species eponina - Halloween Pennant
Species fasciata - Banded Pennant
Species martha - Martha's Pennant
Species ornata - Ornate Pennant
Species verna - Double-ringed Pennant
Genus Crocothemis - Skimmers
Species servilia - Scarlet Skimmer
Genus Dythemis - Setwings
Species fugax - Checkered Setwing
Species maya - Mayan Setwing
Species nigrescens - Black Setwing
Species velox - Swift Setwing
Genus Erythemis - Pondhawks
Species attala - Black Pondhawk
Species collocata - Western Pondhawk
Species mithroides - Claret Pondhawk
Species plebeja - Pin-tailed Pondhawk
Species simplicicollis - Eastern Pondhawk
Species vesiculosa - Great Pondhawk
Genus Erythrodiplax - Dragonlets
Species basifusca - Plateau Dragonlet
Species berenice - Seaside Dragonlet
Species fervida - Red-mantled Dragonlet
Species fusca - Red-faced Dragonlet
Species minuscula - Little Blue Dragonlet
Species umbrata - Band-winged Dragonlet
Genus Idiataphe - Metallic Pennants
Species cubensis - Metallic Pennant
Genus Ladona - Corporals
Species deplanata - Blue Corporal
Species exusta - White Corporal
Species julia - Chalk-fronted Corporal
Genus Leucorrhinia - Whitefaces
Species borealis - Boreal Whiteface
Species frigida - Frosted Whiteface
Species glacialis - Crimson-ringed Whiteface
Species hudsonica - Hudsonian Whiteface
Species intacta - Dot-tailed Whiteface
Species patricia - Canada Whiteface
Species proxima - Belted Whiteface
Genus Libellula
Species auripennis - Golden-winged Skimmer
Species axilena - Bar-winged Skimmer
Species comanche - Comanche Skimmer
Species composita - Bleached Skimmer
Species croceipennis - Neon Skimmer
Species cyanea - Spangled Skimmer
Species flavida - Yellow-sided Skimmer
Species forensis - Eight-spotted Skimmer
Species gaigei - Red-mantled Skimmer
Species incesta - Slaty Skimmer
Species jesseana - Purple Skimmer
Species luctuosa - Widow Skimmer
Species needhami - Needham's Skimmer
Species nodisticta - Hoary Skimmer
Species pulchella - Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Species quadrimaculata - Four-spotted Skimmer
Species saturata - Flame Skimmer
Species semifasciata - Painted Skimmer
Species vibrans - Great Blue Skimmer
Genus Macrodiplax
Species balteata - Marl Pennant
Genus Macrothemis - Sylphs
Species imitans - Ivory-striped Sylph
Species inacuta - Straw-Colored Sylph
Species inequiunguis - Jade-striped Sylph
Genus Miathyria
Species marcella - Hyacinth Glider
Genus Micrathyria - Dashers
Species aequalis - Spot-tailed Dasher
Species didyma - Three-striped Dasher
Species dissocians - Caribbean Dasher
Species hagenii - Thornbush Dasher
Genus Nannothemis
Species bella - Elfin Skimmer
Genus Orthemis
Species discolor - Carmine Skimmer
Species ferruginea - Roseate Skimmer
Species undescribed - Antillean Skimmer
Genus Pachydiplax
Species longipennis - Blue Dasher
Genus Paltothemis
Species lineatipes - Red Rock Skimmer
Genus Pantala - Rainpool Gliders
Species flavescens - Wandering Glider
Species hymenaea - Spot-winged Glider
Genus Perithemis - Amberwings
Species domitia - Slough Amberwing
Species intensa - Mexican Amberwing
Species tenera - Eastern Amberwing
Genus Planiplax
Species sanguiniventris - Mexican Scarlet-tail
Genus Plathemis - Whitetails
Species lydia - Common Whitetail
Species subornata - Desert Whitetail
Genus Pseudoleon
Species superbus - Filigree Skimmer
Genus Sympetrum - Meadowhawks
Species ambiguum - Blue-faced Meadowhawk
Species corruptum - Variegated Meadowhawk
Species costiferum - Saffron-winged Meadowhawk
Species danae - Black Meadowhawk
Species illotum - Cardinal Meadowhawk
Species internum - Cherry-faced Meadowhawk
Species madidum - Red-veined Meadowhawk
Species obtrusum - White-faced Meadowhawk
Species pallipes - Striped Meadowhawk
Species rubicundulum - Ruby Meadowhawk
Species semicinctum - Band-winged Meadowhawk
Subspecies semicinctum - Eastern Band-winged Meadowhawk
No Taxon Western subspecies (occidentale group)
Species signiferum - Spot-winged Meadowhawk
Species vicinum - Autumn Meadowhawk
No Taxon Mature red adult: internum, janeae, obtrusum, rubicundulum species group
No Taxon Orange, imm & females: internum, janeae, obtrusum, rubicundulum sp group
Genus Tauriphila
Species argo - Arch-tipped Glider
Species australis - Garnet Glider
Species azteca - Aztec Glider
Genus Tholymis
Species citrina - Evening Skimmer
Genus Tramea - Saddlebags
Species abdominalis - Vermilion Saddlebags
Species darwini - Striped Saddlebags
Species carolina - Carolina Saddlebags
Species insularis - Antillean Saddlebags
Species lacerata - Black Saddlebags
Species onusta - Red Saddlebags
Family Macromiidae - Cruisers
Genus Didymops
Species floridensis - Florida Cruiser
Species transversa - Stream Cruiser
Genus Macromia
Species alleghaniensis - Allegheny River Cruiser
Species annulata - Bronzed River Cruiser
Species illinoiensis - Swift River Cruiser
Subspecies georgina - Georgia River Cruiser
Subspecies illinoiensis - Illinois River Cruiser
Species magnifica - Western River Cruiser
Species margarita - Mountain River Cruiser
Species taeniolata - Royal River Cruiser
Species pacifica - Gilded River Cruiser
Family Petaluridae - Petaltails
Genus Tachopteryx
Species thoreyi - Gray Petaltail
Genus Tanypteryx
Species hageni - Black Petaltail
No Taxon Fossil Dragons
No Taxon Unidentified Naiads and Exuviae
Suborder Zygoptera - Damselflies
Family Calopterygidae - Broad-winged Damselflies
Genus Hetaerina - Rubyspots
Species americana - American Rubyspot
Species titia - Smoky Rubyspot
Species vulnerata - Canyon Rubyspot
No Taxon Larvae
Genus Calopteryx - Jewelwings
Species aequabilis - River Jewelwing
Species amata - Superb Jewelwing
Species angustipennis - Appalachian Jewelwing
Species dimidiata - Sparkling Jewelwing
Species maculata - Ebony Jewelwing
No Taxon Larvae
No Taxon Larvae
Family Coenagrionidae - Narrow-winged Damselflies
Genus Amphiagrion - Red Damsels
Species abbreviatum - Western Red Damsel
Species saucium - Eastern Red Damsel
No Taxon intermediate
Genus Apanisagrion
Species lais - Black-and-white Damsel
Genus Argia - Dancers
Species agrioides - California Dancer
Species alberta - Paiute Dancer
Species anceps - Cerulean Dancer
Species apicalis - Blue-fronted Dancer
Species barretti - Comanche Dancer
Species bipunctulata - Seepage Dancer
Species cuprea - Coppery Dancer
Species emma - Emma's Dancer
Species extranea - Spine-tipped Dancer
Species fumipennis - Variable Dancer
Subspecies atra - Black Dancer
Subspecies violacea - Violet Dancer
Subspecies fumipennis - Smoky-winged Dancer
Species hinei - Lavender Dancer
Species immunda - Kiowa Dancer
Species lacrimans - Sierra Madre Dancer
Species leonorae - Leonora's Dancer
Species lugens - Sooty Dancer
Species moesta - Powdered Dancer
Species munda - Apache Dancer
Species nahuana - Aztec Dancer
Species oenea - Fiery-eyed Dancer
Species pallens - Amethyst Dancer
Species plana - Springwater Dancer
Species rhoadsi - Golden-winged Dancer
Species sedula - Blue-ringed Dancer
Species tarascana - Tarascan Dancer
Species tezpi - Tezpi Dancer
Species tibialis - Blue-tipped Dancer
Species tonto - Tonto Dancer
Species translata - Dusky Dancer
Species vivida - Vivid Dancer
No Taxon Female moesta or apicalis
No Taxon vivida or plana
No Taxon Male alberta or sedula
No Taxon nymphs/exuviae
Genus Chromagrion - Aurora Damsels
Species conditum - Aurora Damsel
Genus Coenagrion - Eurasian Bluets
Species angulatum - Prairie Bluet
Species interrogatum - Subarctic Bluet
Species resolutum - Taiga Bluet
Genus Enallagma - American Bluets
Species anna - River Bluet
Species annexum - Northern Bluet
Species antennatum - Rainbow Bluet
Species aspersum - Azure Bluet
Species basidens - Double-striped Bluet
Species boreale - Boreal Bluet
Species cardenium - Purple Bluet
Species carunculatum - Tule Bluet
Species civile - Familiar Bluet
Species clausum - Alkali Bluet
Species concisum - Cherry Bluet
Species daeckii - Attentuated Bluet
Species davisi - Sandhill Bluet
Species divagans - Turquoise Bluet
Species doubledayi - Atlantic Bluet
Species dubium - Burgundy Bluet
Species durum - Big Bluet
Species ebrium - Marsh Bluet
Species eiseni - Baja Bluet
Species exsulans - Stream Bluet
Species geminatum - Skimming Bluet
Species hageni - Hagen's Bluet
Species laterale - New England Bluet
Species minusculum - Little Bluet
Species novaehispaniae - Neotropical Bluet
Species pallidum - Pale Bluet
Species pictum - Scarlet Bluet
Species pollutum - Florida Bluet
Species praevarum - Arroyo Bluet
Species recurvatum - Pine Barrens Bluet
Species semicirculare - Claw-tipped Bluet
Species signatum - Orange Bluet
Species sulcatum - Golden Bluet
Species traviatum - Slender Bluet
Species vernale - Vernal Bluet
Species vesperum - Vesper Bluet
Species weewa - Blackwater Bluet
No Taxon Mostly Blue Male Species Group
No Taxon Blue, Green, or Brown Females Species Group
Genus Hesperagrion - Painted Damsels
Species heterodoxum - Painted Damsel
Genus Leptobasis - Swamp damsels
Species lucifer - Lucifer Swampdamsel
Species melinogaster - Cream-tipped Swampdamsel
Species vacillans - Red-tipped Swampdamsel
Genus Ischnura - Forktails
Species barberi - Desert Forktail
Species cervula - Pacific Forktail
No Taxon female - cervula or denticollis
Species damula - Plains Forktail
No Taxon / cervula?
Species demorsa - Mexican Forktail
Species denticollis - Black-fronted Forktail
Species erratica - Swift Forktail
Species gemina - San Francisco Forktail
Species hastata - Citrine Forktail
Species kellicotti - Lilypad Forktail
Species perparva - Western Forktail
Species posita - Fragile Forktail
Species prognata - Furtive Forktail
Species ramburii - Rambur's Forktail
Species verticalis - Eastern Forktail
No Taxon Nymphs and exuviae
Genus Nehalennia - Sprites
Species gracilis - Sphagnum Sprite
Species integricollis - Southern Sprite
Species irene - Sedge Sprite
Species pallidula - Everglades Sprite
Genus Neoerythromma - Yellowfaces
Species cultellatum - Caribbean Yellowface
Genus Telebasis - Firetails
Species byersi - Duckweed Firetail
Species digiticollis - Marsh Firetail
Species salva - Desert Firetail
Genus Zoniagrion
Species exclamationis - Exclamation Damsel
No Taxon Not yet identified nymphs
Family Lestidae - Spreadwings
Genus Archilestes
Species californicus - California Spreadwing
Species grandis - Great Spreadwing
Genus Lestes
Species alacer - Plateau Spreadwing
Species australis - Southern Spreadwing
Species congener - Spotted Spreadwing
Species disjunctus - Northern Spreadwing
Species dryas - Emerald Spreadwing
Species eurinus - Amber-winged Spreadwing
Species forcipatus - Sweetflag Spreadwing
Species forficula - Rainpool Spreadwing
Species inaequalis - Elegant Spreadwing
Species rectangularis - Slender Spreadwing
Species sigma - Chalky Spreadwing
Species spumarius - Antillean Spreadwing
Species stultus - Black Spreadwing
Species tenuatus - Blue-striped Spreadwing
Species unguiculatus - Lyre-tipped Spreadwing
Species vidua - Carolina Spreadwing
Species vigilax - Swamp Spreadwing
Family Platystictidae - Shadowdamsels
Genus Palaemnema
Species domina - Desert Shadowdamsel
Family Protoneuridae - Threadtails
Genus Neoneura - Robust Threadtails
Species aaroni - Coral-fronted Threadtail
Species amelia - Amelia's Threadtail
Genus Protoneura
Species cara - Orange-striped Threadtail
No Taxon Fossil Damsels
No Taxon Unidentified Naiads and Exuviae
No Taxon Teneral -- waiting for an expert
No Taxon No ID, but good for Info pages