Delmarva Dragonflies and Damselflies


MUST have Books

These two books are essentials:

White, H. B. 2011. Natural History of Delmarva Dragonflies and Damselflies. University of Delaware Press, Newark.

Lam, E. 2004. Damselflies of the Northeast. Now sadly out of print, but absolutely worth trying to find a used copy.

Other Useful Books

Barlow, A.E., D.M. Golden and J. Bangma. 2009. Field Guide to the Dragonflies of New Jersey. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Flemington. Out of print.

Beaton, G. 2007. Dragonflies and Damselfies of Georgia and the Southeast. University of Georgia Press, Athens.

Dunkle, S.W. 2000. Dragonflies through Binoculars. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Jones, C.D., A. Kingsley, P. Burke, and M. Holder. 2013. The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Algonquin Provincial Park and the Surrounding Area. The Friends of Alogonquin Park, Whitney.

Mead, K. 2017. Dragonflies of the North Woods, 3rd ed. Kollath and Stensaas, Duluth.

Needham, J.G., M.J. Westfall and M.L. May. 2014. Dragonflies of North America, 3rd edition. Scientific Publishers, Gainsville.

Nikula, B., J.L. Ryan and M.R. Burne. A Field guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Westborough.

Nikula, B. and J. Sones. 2002. Stokes Beginner Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies. Little, Brown and Company, New York.

Paulson, D. 2011. Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East. Princeton University Press, Princeton.

Westfall, M.J. and M.L. May. 2006. Damselflies of North America, 2nd edition. Scientific Publishers, Gainsville.


Hannisian, Michael. 2021. A Spreadsheet of New Jersey Odonate Early and Late Flight Dates by County.

Harold B. White III, Michael C. Moore, and James F. White Jr. 2014. Delaware’s Ten Most Wanted Dragons and Damsels. Outdoor Delaware, Spring/Summer 2014: 22-24.

NOTE: Of the 10 species mentioned in the article above, three have since been found in Delaware: Great Spreadwing, Banded Pennant and Arrowhead Spiketail and one, Gray Petaltail, has been found very close to Delaware on the Delmarva Penninsula in Elkton MD.

Harold B. White III and Michael C. Moore. Forty-five-year Record of the Odonata Fauna of Lums Pond State Park, New Castle County, Delaware. Bulletin of American Odonatology Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 21-33, 27 March 2018

Harold B. White III, Michael C. Moore, James F. White Jr., and Rick Cheicante. Conservation by Minimal Intervention: Odonata Refuge in Idylwild Wildlife Management Area, Caroline County, Maryland. Northeastern Naturalist 27(1), 1-24, (5 February 2020).

Harold B. White III. 2020. Distributions of Odonata by County on Delmarva.

Web Sites

Odonata Central - The premiere site for online odonate information: report sightings, browse records, species maps, checklists worldwide

The Dragonfly Society of the Americas - For all odonate enthusiasts. Sponsors annual meetings with field trips and two publications - Argia and Bulletin of American Odonatology. Membership is only $F15. A great bargin.

World Dragonfly Association - The WDA is an international organization dedicated to research, conservation and public awareness of Odonates.

Bug Guide - Get help identifying your photos

iNaturalist - Report sightings and get identification help

New Jersey Odes - Extensive information on identification and distribution in NJ

Maryland/DC Dragonflies - Photos, checklist and distribution of odonates in Maryland and Washington, DC

2011 NE DSA Meeting Web Site - An old site but stil lots of information about Delmarva odes

Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina - Very complete web site on distribution and seasonality in NC. The "Approximation" is essentially a very detailed, regularly updated free ode book of nearly 200 pages available for download from the pick list.

New York State Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey - another extensive free publication on status and distribution in NY.

New Hampshire Dragonfly Survey

Maine Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey

Vermont Dragonfly and Damselfly Atlas

Identifying Dragonfly Larvae to Family - excellent video

Odonata Nymphs of Michigan - extensive species level key

Arizona Dragonflies - not for this area, but an amazing site worth checking out

Phone Apps

Available for both IOS and Android - search the app store for your phone

Odonata Central - The Odonata Central phone app is a single function app that allows you to easily enter complete checklists into Odonata Central from your phone. Available for both IOS and Android and supporting English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.

Dragonfly and Damselfly Field Guide and ID App - The Dragonfly ID app is a comprehensive and easy-to-use resource to find and identify dragonflies and damselflies across the US and Canada.

Facebook Groups

Mainly Western Hemisphere

Northeast Odonata

Southeastern Odes

Odonata of Eastern United States

Maryland Odonata

Western Odonata

Virginia Odonata

Carolina Odonates

Dragonflies and Damselflies of New York

Odonata Florida

Louisiana Dragonflies and Damselflies

Ohio Odonata

Minnesota Dragonfly Society

Wisconsin Dragonfly Society

Michigan Odonata

Ontario Butterflies and Dragonflies

Iowa Odonata

Texas Dragons and Damsels

Dragonflies and Damselflies of Kansas, Oklahoma, and North Texas

Arizona Damselflies and Dragonflies


Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Neotropics

Dragonflies and Damselflies - Worldwide Odonata

Dragonflies and Damselflies Photography Group

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