Dragonflies (Odonata) of the Southwest

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The on-line guide is below the links to dragonfly guides and essentials.

Common Dragonflies of the Southwest,
A Beginner's Pocket Guide.

by Kathy Biggs
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Published March 2004
Updates & corrections 2010
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The West's 1st dragonfly guide:
Dragonflies and Damselflies
of the West

by Dennis Paulson


- UPDATED - Spring 2013 -
Dragonflies of California and the Greater Southwest
A Beginner's Guide

Use on your Kindle, Nook, Smartphone or computer - weightless!

by Kathy Biggs - Price $5.88

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or Barnes and Noble (Nook app)

Dragonflies of North America,
A Color and Learn Book
with Activities
(also available on a CD)

by Kathy Biggs and Tim Manolis

- NEW - Build a Pond for Wildlife

by Kathy Biggs
UPDATED! Spring 2013 - CD or eBook
Attract dragonflies to your yard!

BELOMO 10x Triplet, Loupe & lanyard

Useful for seeing those tiny dragonfly parts!

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Dragonflies of California and Common Dragonflies of the Southwest
Common Dragonflies of the Southwest
Dragonflies of North America, Color and Learn
Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West
Build a Pond for Wildlife

of the Southwest

page #s in on-line guide below refer to the page # for the species in Common Dragonflies of the Southwest, A Beginner's Pocket Guide by Kathy Biggs

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First decide whether you want to look at Dragonflies or Damselflies,
then click on the image or the word to be taken to either the Dragonfly or the Damselfly site.
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Sketch of a dragonfly body
showing the body parts...pg. 10
by Barbara Chasteen

DRAGONFLIES - Anisoptera:

Large, heavy-bodied; ordinarily larger than damselflies.
Wings are held open & flat or down & forward when perched.
Large eyes are spaced very close together and in most families actually touch, creating a seam down the center.
Strong fliers; a few are even migratory.
Males have three terminal abdominal appendages and a bump (genitalia) under their second abdominal segment.
All females have only two terminal abdominal appendages and in many families they also have an ovipositor.
Most dragonflies lay their eggs directly into the water.
As of 2010, the southwest has at least 132 species of Anisoptera in 45 genera, representing all seven American dragonfly families.

Sketch of a damselfly
showing the body parts ...pg. 90
by Barbara Chasteen


Slender-bodied, generally smaller and more frail than dragonflies. Most have an eyespot in back of each eye.
When perched, all four wings are usually held together alongside or sail- like over the abdomen.
Eyes set far apart on head, appear hammer headed.
Weak fliers, usually found not too far from water.
Males have a bump (genitalia) under their 2nd abdominal segment and four terminal abdominal appendages.
Females have a wide ovipositor on the lower end of their abdomen and only two terminal abdominal appendages.
Damselflies lay their eggs directly into vegetation.
As of 2010, the southwest has at least 80 damselfly species in 15 SW genera, representing 4 of the 5 American families.

Click here to see the life cycle of a dragonfly in a photo story with text!

A Facebook Western Odonata group was formed in 2013. Click on the image above link to check it out!

Click on a map below to be taken to a website that features only the dragonflies of that particular state.

and discussion group: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/CalOdes/
(not yet available)
and discussion group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/co_odes/ and and

I'm glad you enjoy the dragonflies and damselflies too! THANK-YOU for visiting!!

Kathy Biggs, Azalea Creek Publishing

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