Favourite Odonates

I recommend the Cleveland, Ohio outlying area. I saw a lot of them there, for instance around Holden Arboretum.

For my favorite, I nominate the Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens), also known as Global Skimmer. The link takes you to the observations map so that you can see the reason for the latter name – it is truly global. It is also such a strong distance flier that it is the only dragonfly found on many remote oceanic islands.

Plus, I have had such wanderlust myself, I am naturally drawn to any taxon that inspires someone to call it the “wandering” this or that. I see on Wikipedia that another of its common names is Globe Wanderer, which has got to be one of the best taxon common names ever.

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TodayILearned: All Odonata have aquatic larvae called ‘nymphs’, and all of them, larvae and adults, are carnivorous. The adults can land, but rarely walk. Their legs are specialised for catching prey. They are almost entirely insectivorous.

I like all odonates. But some favourites are listed below.
Myristica Sapphire - I would like to see this rare endemic.
For the favourite ones I’ve seen:
Russet Percher and Asiatic Blood Tail.

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Trithemis is pretty amazing. Our New World species of Orthemis are also similarly striking. A Roseate Skimmer always looks to me like a flying stick of pink bubblegum.

Another Greg Lasley story is always welcome. :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

Although some of them stretch the definition of aquatic. The Northwestern Grayback has larvae that inhabit wet moss.

My favorite is a California endemic, the lone species in it’s genus, Zoniagrion exclamationes. It has 2 blue !! marks atop it’s thorax and I’ve always used two, and blue is my favorite color. Plus, it’s common name, the Exclamation Damsel, is one I suggested, and it is the very first Ode I ever identified on my own!


I miss him almost every day!

Wow!! That is a very beautiful damselfly, @kathyclaypolebiggs