Additional Odonata Resources

Short Course Training Modules:

 Introduction to Odonata: Dragonflies & Damselflies

 Dragonfly Migration in North America

 Conservation of dragonflies and damselflies: threats, needs, and strategies

 Working to Understand and Conserve North American Dragonfly Migration

Dragonfly Identification

Short Course Training Modules in Spanish:

Introducción a los Odonatos

Migración de libélulas en América del Norte

Conservación de Libélulas

La Alianza para Libélulas Migratorias

Identificación de Libélulas Migratorias


  1. Corbet, P.S. 1999. Dragonflies: behavior and ecology of Odonata. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York. 829 pp.

  2. Hobson, K. A., D. X. Soto, D. R. Paulson, L. I. Wassenar, and J. H. Matthews. 2012. A dragonfly (δ2H) isoscape for North America: a new tool for determining natal origins of migratory aquatic emergent insects. Meth- ods in Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1111/j.2041- 210X.2012.00202.x

  3. Matthews, J.H. 2007. Research in Motion: Patterns of Large-scale Migration in Dragonflies and Birds. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Texas.

  4. May, Michael, L. 2012. A critical overview of progress in studies of migration of dragonflies (Odonata: Anisop- tera), with emphasis on North America. Journal of Insect Conservation.

  5. Wikelski, M., D. Moskowitz, J. S. Adelman, J. Cochran, D. S. Wilcove, and M. L. May. 2006. Simple rules guide dragonfly migration. Biology Letters 2(3): 325-329. 

Online Resources

  1. Migratory Dragonfly Partnership:

  2. Odonata Central :

  3. Dragonfly Society of the Americas:

  4. Slater Museum of Natural History, Dragonflies:

  5. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation MDP

  6. International Odonata Research Institute:

Field Guides​

Many excellent field guides useful for both experts and amateurs are now available. The list below shows books that represent larger geographic regions, but there are also many additional region-specific guides. Most are easily available or can be ordered by your local bookstore, or found online.

  1. Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South Central United States: Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico (John Abbott).

  2. Dragonflies and Damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast (Giff Beaton).

  3. Introducing the Dragonflies of British Columbia and the Yukon (Rob Cannings).

  4. Dragonflies Through Binoculars: A Field Guide to Dragonflies of North America (Sidney Dunkle).

  5. Libélulas de Mesoamérica y el Caribe (Carlos Esquivel).

  6. Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East (Dennis Paulson).

  7. Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West (Dennis Paulson). 


  1. BioQuip ( wide range of general entomology supplies & books.

  2. Rose Entomology ( high quality insect nets.


Backyad Ponds: Guidelines for Creating and Managing Habitat for Dragonflies and Damselflies

This newly released publication provides guidelines for landowners to create, manage, and maintain backyard ponds to attract dragonflies and damselflies. Download your copy here


Join the Conversation: Dragonfly List Serves

There are many national- and regional-level list serves dedicated to Odonata as well as Face- book pages. Look for one in your region. Major list serves are listed below:

British Columbia dragonflies:   

California Odonata:           

Great Lakes Odonata:       

Northeast Odonata:           

Northwest Odonata:          

Odonata-L (US national):  

Ontario Odes (Ont-odes):  

Southeast Odonata:          

Southwest Odonata:         

Texas Odonata:                 


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