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Just a small selection of the species & photos from the main gallery (Not suitable for phones.)

Recommended Odonata Books and Links

Species name is at the bottom of each photo.


Clubtail Dragonfly Family

Plains Clubtail

Brimstone Clubtail

Pale Snaketail

Four-striped Leaftail

White-belted Ringtail

Darner Dragonfly Family

Blue-eyed Darner

Common Green Darner

Paddle-tailed Darner

Skimmer Dragonfly Family

Band-winged Meadowhawk

Blue Dasher-female

Common Whitetail

Eastern Amberwing

Eight-spotted Skimmer

Flame Skimmer

Roseate Skimmer

Seaside Dragonlet

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Western Pondhawk

Widow Skimmer


Broad-winged Damsel Family

American Rubyspot

Pond Damsel Family

Arroyo Bluet

Aztec Dancer

Black-fronted Forktail

Blue-fronted Dancer

Citrine Forktail


Familiar Bluet

Mexican Forktail

Painted Damsel


Springwater Dancer

Spreadwing Damsel Family

Great Spreadwing

Plateau Spreadwing

Spotted Spreadwing


Recommended Books and Guides:

My main reference guide is Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West (Princeton Field Guides), Dennis Paulson, 2009
It's very comprehensive and informative, yet understandable by those just starting out.

I use this eBook guide in the field via the Kindle app. on my smart phone:
Dragonflies of California and the Greater Southwest A Beginner's Guide by Kathy Biggs.

If you are past the beginner stage, you might benefit from this excellent book:
Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States:
Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico
by John Abbott.

Links about Odonates:

General Article on the dragonfly at Wikipedia

OdonataCentral makes use of relational databases to dynamically generate maps, checklists, and accompanying data.

Odonata Central - Bernalillo County Checklist & Records

Odonata Central - Sandoval County Checklist & Records

Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata) of the United States, USGS

Dragonflies of New Mexico

Dragonflies of the Southwest

Digital Dragonflies

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