Odonata Photos

This page will lead you to photographs of dragonflies (Odonata) in nature. It will be expanded indefinitely, as time permits. The photos will be accessible in taxonomic groups, one photo per file. Most are by Dennis Paulson, but photos from numerous other photographers are being added.

Zygoptera

Philogangidae

  • male Diphlebia euphoeoides, AUSTRALIA, Queensland, Luster Creek, 27 Dec 1998
  • male Diphlebia lestoides, AUSTRALIA, Queensland, Lamington National Park, 17 Dec 1998
  • male Diphlebia nymphoides, AUSTRALIA, New South Wales, Megalong Creek at Old Ford Reserve, Megalong Valley, 1700', 11 Dec 1998, photo by Netta Smith

Polythoridae

  • male Cora marina, MEXICO, Chiapas, stream 20.1 mi. N Ocozocoautla, 2000', 25 Aug 1967
  • male Cora skinneri, COSTA RICA, near Monteverde, 16 Jun 2002, photo by Anna Santos
  • male Polythore derivata, ECUADOR, Napo Prov., Limoncocha, 25 Jul 1977
  • male Polythore mutata, ECUADOR, Napo Prov., Limoncocha, 26 Jul 1977

Chlorocyphidae

Calopterygidae

Lestidae

  • male Austrolestes leda, AUSTRALIA, New South Wales, Bridal Veil Falls area, 2-3 km E Blackheath, 2800-3000', 10 Dec 1998
  • female Austrolestes leda, AUSTRALIA, Queensland, 28.8 km S Canungra, 18 Dec 1998
  • male Indolestes tenuissimus, AUSTRALIA, Queensland, 2.1 km N Daintree River, 1 Jan 1999
  • male Lestes plagiatus, ZIMBABWE, Manicaland Prov., dam at Kiledo Lodge, E of Chipinge, ca 900 m, 18 Oct 1997
  • male Lestes tenuatus, BELIZE, Jul 2002, photo by Rory Dow
  • male Lestes tikalus, BELIZE, Jul 2002, photo by Rory Dow
  • male Lestes tikalus, COSTA RICA, Heredia, La Selva, 10 Apr 1967
  • male Lestes vidua, FLORIDA, Rock Springs Run Preserve, photo by Rory Dow
  • male Lestes vigilax, NEW YORK, Oneida Co., Bailey Lake, 16 Jul 1999

Synlestidae

  • male Episynlestes albicauda, AUSTRALIA, Queensland, Mount Tamborine, 15 Dec 1998
  • female Phylolestes ethelae, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Cordillera Central, Armando Bermudez National Park, Mata Grande, 1100 m, 14 Oct 2001, photo by Eladio Fernandez
  • female Synlestes selysi, AUSTRALIA, Queensland, North Tamborine, 15 Dec 1998
  • male Synlestes weyersii, AUSTRALIA, Victoria, Kings River, Jan 2003, photo by Rory Dow

Megapodagrionidae

Pseudostigmatidae

  • male Mecistogaster linearis, PERU, Iquitos, Explorama Inn, ca 25 mi downstream from Iquitos along Amazon River, Nov 1999, photo by David Nunnallee
  • female Mecistogaster ornata, PANAMA, Panama City, 6 Aug 2005; photo by Julie Craves
  • male Megaloprepus caerulatus, COSTA RICA, Heredia Prov., Finca La Selva, 1.5 mi. S Puerto Viejo, 200', 15 Apr 1967
  • male Megaloprepus caerulatus, PANAMA, Rio Chico Masambi, near Gamboa, 11 Aug 2005; photo by Julie Craves
  • male Megaloprepus caerulatus, PANAMA, Rio Chico Masambi, near Gamboa, 11 Aug 2005; photo by Julie Craves
  • female Microstigma anomalum, PERU, Madre de Dios, Explorer's Inn, Apr 2002, photo by Rory Dow
  • male Microstigma rotundatum, PERU, Iquitos, Explorama Inn, ca 25 mi downstream from Iquitos along Amazon River, Nov 1999, photo by David Nunnallee

Platystictidae

  • male Drepanosticta barbatula, MALAYSIA, Sarawak, Kubah National Park, Jun 2003, photo by Rory Dow
  • ovipositing pair of Palaemnema chiriquita, COSTA RICA, Alajuela Prov., streams & waterfalls 10.0 mi. N Varablanca, 2800', 24 Jun 1967 (note how male is guarding female, typical of Palaemnema but quite unusual among Odonata)
  • female Palaemnema sp., COSTA RICA, Puntarenas Prov., vicinity of Rincon de Osa, 18 Mar 1967

Protoneuridae

Platycnemididae

Coenagrionidae

Anisoptera

Petaluridae

  • male Petalura ingentissima from AUSTRALIA, Queensland, 4.6 km N Daintree River Crossing, 24 Dec 1998
  • male Petalura litorea from AUSTRALIA, Queensland, North Stradbroke Island, 20 Dec 1998
  • female Tachopteryx thoreyi, TENNESSEE, Sevier Co., Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Elkmont Campground, 2100', 3 Jun 1977
  • female Tachopteryx thoreyi, NORTH CAROLINA, Orange Co., Morgan Creek at N.C. 54, reared from larva collected 11 Apr 1966
  • male Tanypteryx hageni, WASHINGTON, Snohomish Co., seepage stream 1 mi S, 1 mi E Jack Pass on FR 6554, 2700' 15 Aug 1997

Aeshnidae

  • male Aeshna grandis, SWITZERLAND, Kanton Zug, canal 1 km E Muhlau, 8 Sep 1973
  • male Aeshna palmata eating Enallagma boreale, WASHINGTON, Douglas Co., Jameson Lake, 25 Aug 1997
  • male Aeshna persephone, ARIZONA, Cochise Co., Sunnyside Canyon at FR 48, 21 Sep 2004
  • female Aeshna persephone, MEXICO, Sonora, Canada Ancha at Mex 16, 4900', 14 Sep 2004
  • male Aeshna walkeri, CALIFORNIA, Fieldbrook, Sep 1998, photo by Pete Haggard
  • female Anax amazili, COSTA RICA, Heredia Prov., Finca La Selva, 1.5 mi. S Puerto Viejo, 200', 12 Apr 1967 (posed)
  • male Anax concolor, TEXAS, Hidalgo Co., Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, 5 Jun 2005
  • female Anax junius eating female Aeshna constricta, NEBRASKA, Cherry Co., Boardman Creek, 19 Jul 1998
  • male Anax longipes, TEXAS, Travis Co., Little Bee Creek, 2 Jun 2005 (posed)
  • male Anax speratus, ZIMBABWE, Manicaland Prov., marshy dam and stream at Pine Tree Inn, ca 4 km W Juliasdale, 12 Oct 1997
  • male Anax walsinghami, CALIFORNIA, Colusa Co., Bear Creek, 21 Jun 2003 (posed)
  • male Anax walsinghami, TEXAS, Travis Co., Little Bee Creek, 2 Jun 2005 (posed)
  • female Coryphaeschna apeora, CUBA, Matanzas Prov., eastern Zapata, Bermeja, 23 Apr 2001, photo by Rob Williams; identity of this individual is tentative, as the species is poorly known and has not previously been reported from the West Indies. Nevertheless, the photo matches apeora better than any other species.
  • male Gynacantha nervosa, FLORIDA, Dade Co., Kendall, Dec 1971 (posed)
  • male Gynacantha nervosa, FLORIDA, Dade Co., Kendall, Dec 1971 (posed)
  • male Gynacantha tibiata, COSTA RICA, Heredia Prov., Finca La Selva, 1.5 mi. S Puerto Viejo, 200', 22 Sep 1966
  • ovipositing female Gynacantha tibiata, COSTA RICA, Heredia Prov., Finca La Selva, 1.5 mi. S Puerto Viejo, 200', 10 Apr 1967
  • pair of Rhionaeschna diffinis, CHILE, Santiago, 21 Aug 2004, photo by Louise Salmond Smith
  • male Rhionaeschna dugesi, TEXAS, Jeff Davis Co., Limpia Creek, 3.4 mi NE Fort Davis, 24 Aug 1977
  • female Rhionaeschna dugesi, ARIZONA, Cochise Co., Silver Creek, NE of Douglas, 11 Aug 1995
  • ovipositing female Tetracanthagyna sp., MALAYSIA, Sabah, Borneo Rainforest Lodge, 23 Oct 2000, photo by David Nunnallee
  • ovipositing female Triacanthagyna satyrus, COSTA RICA, Heredia Prov., Finca La Selva, 1.5 mi. S Puerto Viejo, 200', 10 Apr 1967

Gomphidae

Cordulegastridae

Macromiidae

  • male Phyllomacromia contumax, NAMIBIA, Kavango, Kavango River in Mahango Game Park, 25 April 2007, photo by Netta Smith
  • male Phyllomacromia picta, ZIMBABWE, Matabeleland North Prov., Gwayi River at Gwayi River, 27 Oct 1997

Synthemistidae

Corduliidae

Libellulidae

  • male Acisoma panorpoides, PHILIPPINES, Luzon, San Pablo, 14 Aug 1980
  • male Agrionoptera insignis, MALAYSIA, Sarawak, Bau, 21 Aug 1980
  • female Anatya normalis, PANAMA, Panama City, 6 Aug 2005; photo by Julie Craves
  • male Brachydiplax chalybea, MALAYSIA, Sarawak, Kampong Gayu, 23 Aug 1980
  • female Brachymesia gravida, FLORIDA, Wakulla Co., Stoney Bayou Pool, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, 18 Jun 2004
  • male Brachymesia herbida, MEXICO, Veracruz, Las Barrancas, 25 Sep 1999, photo by Netta Smith
  • male Brechmorhoga mendax, CALIFORNIA, Calaveras Co., north fork of Calaveras River, 2.1 mi. W San Andreas, 18 Aug 1974 (posed)
  • male Brechmorhoga rapax, NICARAGUA, Selva Negra, 6 Dec 2003, photo by Richard Lehman
  • male Cannaphila insularis, COSTA RICA, Guanacaste Prov., Hacienda Taboga, Jul 1966
  • female Cannaphila insularis, COSTA RICA, Guanacaste Prov., Hacienda Taboga, Jul 1966
  • male Cratilla metallica, MALAYSIA, Taman Negara National Park, 16 Oct 2000, photo by David Nunnallee
  • male Crocothemis servilia, JAPAN, Osaka Pref., Sakai, Hachigamine Hill, 10 Aug 1980
  • immature male Crocothemis servilia, THAILAND, Bangkok, 4 Nov 1980
  • male Dasythemis essequiba, PERU, Madre de Dios, Explorer's Inn, 23 Jul 2002, photo by Netta Smith
  • male Dythemis maya, ARIZONA, Cochise Co., Parker Schoolhouse, 18 mi SE Patagonia, 30 Sep 2000, photo by Doug Danforth
  • male Dythemis sterilis, BELIZE, Jul 2002, photo by Rory Dow
  • female Dythemis sterilis, PANAMA, Panama City, 4 Aug 2005; photo by Julie Craves
  • female Erythemis collocata, WASHINGTON, Douglas Co., Jameson Lake, 22 Aug 1999, photo by Netta Smith
  • male Erythemis peruviana, TRINIDAD, Asa Wright Nature Centre, Mar 2002, photo by Ann & Rob Simpson
  • female Erythemis simplicicollis dining on Hetaerina americana, TEXAS, Sabinal River, 22 Aug 1977
  • female Erythemis simplicicollis, IOWA, Black Hawk Co., Wapsipinicon River at Bruggeman Park, 2 mi ENE Dunkerton, 6 Jul 2004
  • female Erythemis vesiculosa, FLORIDA, Monroe Co., Long Key, 6 Jan 2000
  • male Erythrodiplax abjecta, COSTA RICA, Cartago Prov., Tapanti, 23 Jun 1967
  • male Erythrodiplax attenuata, PERU, Iquitos, Napo River, ca 40 mi NE Iquitos, 8 Nov 1999, photo by David Nunnallee
  • male Erythrodiplax attenuata, PERU, Iquitos, Napo River, ca 40 mi NE Iquitos, 8 Nov 1999, photo by David Nunnallee
  • male Erythrodiplax fervida, MEXICO, Veracruz, Lake Catemaco, 20 Sep 1999, photo by Netta Smith
  • imm male Erythrodiplax funerea, MEXICO, Oaxaca, Sierra de Miahuatlan, N of Puerto Escondido, 2600-3000', Jan 2004, photo by Rich Hoyer
  • female Erythrodiplax funerea, MEXICO, Oaxaca, Sierra de Miahuatlan, N of Puerto Escondido, 2600-3000', Jan 2004, photo by Rich Hoyer
  • female Erythrodiplax funerea, PANAMA, El Chiru, 10 Aug 2005; photo by Julie Craves
  • imm female Erythrodiplax funerea, PANAMA, El Chiru, 10 Aug 2005; photo by Julie Craves
  • male Erythrodiplax kimminsi, PANAMA, Panama City, 6 Aug 2005; photo by Julie Craves
  • male Erythrodiplax umbrata, PERU, Iquitos, Explornapo Lodge on Sucusari River, ca 50 mi NE Iquitos, 6 Nov 1999, photo by David Nunnallee
  • immature male Erythrodiplax umbrata, PERU, Iquitos, Napo River, ca 40 mi NE Iquitos, 8 Nov 1999, photo by David Nunnallee
  • female Erythrodiplax umbrata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Sierra de Bahoruco, 500m, 21 Oct 2001, photo by Eladio Fernandez
  • female Libellula auripennis, FLORIDA, Lake Co., Beakman Lake, 16 Jun 2004
  • male Libellula forensis eating Enallagma carunculatum, WASHINGTON, Douglas Co., Jameson Lake, 25 Aug 1997, photo by Netta Smith
  • male Libellula jesseana, FLORIDA, Clay Co., Sheeler Lake, Gold Head Branch State Park, 17 Jun 2004
  • male Libellula pulchella, WASHINGTON, Chelan Co., Wells Dam, 13 Jul 1998, photo by Netta Smith
  • female Libellula pulchella, NEW YORK, Madison Co., Hamilton, 13 Jul 1999
  • female Libellula quadrimaculata, WASHINGTON, Pend Oreille Co., Potter's Pond, 10 Aug 2003
  • male Libellula saturata, CALIFORNIA, Lake Co., Butts Canyon Road, 21 Jun 2003
  • female Macrodiplax balteata, FLORIDA, Leon Co., St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, 13 Aug 1977
  • male Macrothemis pseudimitans, MEXICO, Oaxaca, Sierra de Miahuatlan, N of Puerto Escondido, 2600-3000', Jan 2004, photo by Rich Hoyer
  • female Macrothemis pseudimitans, PANAMA, near Rio Guayabo, El Valle, 7 Aug 2005; photo by Julie Craves
  • male Macrothemis ultima, MEXICO, Sonora, stream at El Trigo Colon, 4550', 16 Sep 2004
  • male Micrathyria didyma, MEXICO, Veracruz, Catemaco, 20 Sep 1999, photo by Netta Smith
  • female Micrathyria didyma, MEXICO, Veracruz, Catemaco, 20 Sep 1999, photo by Netta Smith
  • male Micrathyria dissocians, BELIZE, Jul 2002, photo by Rory Dow
  • male Micrathyria laevigata, PANAMA, S of Gamboa, 12 Aug 2005; photo by Julie Craves
  • male Micrathyria laevigata, PANAMA, S of Gamboa, 12 Aug 2005; photo by Julie Craves
  • male Micrathyria ocellata, COSTA RICA, Guanacaste Prov., Hacienda Taboga, 20 Jun 1967
  • male Oligoclada pachystigma in spider web, PERU, Madre de Dios, Explorer's Inn, 15 Jul 2002, photo by Netta Smith
  • male Olpogastra lugubris, NAMIBIA, Kavango, Kavango River in Mahango Game Park, 25 April 2007
  • male Orthemis ferruginea and Orthemis discolor, MEXICO, Baja California, Todos Santos, 6 Jan 2004
  • immature male Orthemis_discolor, TEXAS, Gonzales Co., Guadalupe River at Independence Park, Gonzales, 29 Jul 2004
  • male Orthemis discolor, PANAMA, near Rio Chico Masambi, near Gamboa, 11 Aug 2005; photo by Julie Craves
  • female Orthemis discolor, PANAMA, Panama City, 6 Aug 2005; photo by Julie Craves
  • immature male Orthemis_ferruginea, TEXAS, Galveston Co., High Island, Houston Audubon Sanctuary, 21 Jul 2004
  • COLLECTION OF Orthemis PHOTOS - currently 43 images
  • male Orthetrum icteromelas, NAMIBIA, Kavango, large pan in Mahango Game Park, 24 April 2007, photo by Netta Smith
  • male Orthetrum sabina eating Acisoma panorpoides, MALAYSIA, Sarawak, Kuching, 24 Aug 1980
  • male Orthetrum sabina, MALAYSIA, Sabah, Poring Hot Springs, 23 Oct 2000, photo by David Nunnallee
  • male Orthetrum trinacria, NAMIBIA, Kavango, large pan in Mahango Game Park, 24 April 2007, photo by Netta Smith
  • male Palpopleura lucia, ZIMBABWE, Manicaland Prov., river in Honde Valley, upper crossing on road to Aberfoyle, 15 Oct 1997, photo by Netta Smith
  • male Perithemis domitia, COSTA RICA, Puntarenas Prov., stream 8.1 mi. WNW Esparta, 12 Jun 1967
  • male Perithemis electra, PERU, Madre de Dios, Tambopata Research Center, 20 Jul 2002
  • male Perithemis lais, PERU, Madre de Dios, Explorer's Inn, 25 Jul 2002, photo by Netta Smith
  • male Perithemis mooma, MEXICO, Veracruz, E of Totutla, 24 Sep 1999, photo by Netta Smith
  • male Planiplax sanguiniventris, BELIZE, Jul 2002, photo by Rory Dow
  • female Plathemis lydia, NEW YORK, Madison Co., Hamilton, 13 Jul 1999
  • male Plathemis subornata, CALIFORNIA, Inyo Co., 3 mi E Independence, 24 Jun 2003
  • night roost of Potamarcha congener, INDIA, Goa, Jan 2001, photo by Allan Brandon
  • male Rhyothemis triangularis, MALAYSIA, Sarawak, Mulu National Park, Jun 2003, photo by Rory Dow
  • male Scapanea frontalis, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, La Vega Prov., Manabao, 2002, photo by Eladio Fernandez
  • female Scapanea frontalis, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, La Vega Prov., Manabao, 2002, photo by Eladio Fernandez
  • male Sympetrum gilvum, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Valle Nuevo National Park, 2002, photo by Ricardo Briones
  • male Sympetrum illotum, OREGON, Josephine Co., Kerby, 20 Jun 1998, photo by Netta Smith
  • male Sympetrum janeae, NEW YORK, Madison Co., Hamilton, 13 Jul 1999
  • immature male Sympetrum madidum, CALIFORNIA, Glenn Co., pond at hwy 162 at E border of Mendocino National Forest, 4 Jun 2004
  • male Sympetrum pallipes, WASHINGTON, Stevens Co., Twin Lakes, 9 Aug 2003
  • male Sympetrum signiferum, ARIZONA, Cochise Co., Leslie Canyon NWR, 25 Sep 2000, photo by Sandy Upson
  • female Sympetrum signiferum, ARIZONA, Cochise Co., Leslie Canyon NWR, 25 Sep 2000, photo by Sandy Upson
  • immature male Sympetrum signiferum, MEXICO, Durango, Rio Dalila and marshes 6 mi. E Durango, 6200', 1 Sep 1976
  • immature female Sympetrum signiferum, ARIZONA, Cochise Co., Leslie Canyon NWR, 25 Sep 2000, photo by Sandy Upson
  • male Tetrathemis irregularis, MALAYSIA, Sarawak, Kampong Gayu, 15 mi. N Padawan, 23 Aug 1980
  • male Tholymis citrina, MEXICO, Veracruz, Catemaco, 20 Sep 1999, photo by Netta Smith
  • male Tholymis tillarga, MALAYSIA, Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, 20 Oct 2000, photo by David Nunnallee
  • male Tramea cophysa, GALAPAGOS, July 2003, photo by Greg Lasley
  • female Tramea cophysa, GALAPAGOS, North Seymour Island, 25 May 2002, photo by John Abbott
  • male Trithemis hecate, NAMIBIA, Kavango, large pan in Mahango Game Park, 24 April 2007, photo by Netta Smith
  • male Trithemis kirbyi, ZIMBABWE, Manicaland Prov., river in Honde Valley, upper crossing on road to Aberfoyle, 15 Oct 1997, photo by Netta Smith
  • male Uracis fastigiata, PANAMA, Panama City, 4 Aug 2005; photo by Julie Craves
  • male Urothemis assignata, ZIMBABWE, Masvingo Prov., dam on Gwezi River at Savuli Lodge, Save Conservancy, SW of Birchenough Bridge, 20 Oct 1997
  • male Urothemis edwardsii, NAMIBIA, Kavango, large pan in Mahango Game Park, 24 April 2007, photo by Netta Smith
  • male Zygonyx natalensis, ZIMBABWE, Matabeleland North Prov., Victoria Falls rain forest walk above Zambezi River, 900 m, 30 Oct 1997