According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, our state has 164 species of dragonflies and damselflies. Although I can’t document them all here, this is a scrapbook of the dragonflies that I have encountered while hiking in Ohio. I plan on updating this page whenever I photograph new species. At a later time I will publish a page dedicated exclusively to damselflies.
It’s often the case that the male and female specimens of the same species look different. If I can, I’ll include a photo of both.
Below are shortcut links to specific species listed on this page. Feedback and/or corrections are welcome.
9 thoughts on “Dragonflies”
FINALLY I was able to make a positive ID of a dragonfly that I photographed close up. Stokes was very helpful but not until I found this site was I able to figure out that the “mystery d.fly” seems to be Common Whitetail IMMATURE MALE !!!!! This one was real tricky. Thank you for your fine work !
Thanks for helping me identify many butterflies I’ve photographed. If you want photos of other butterflies I’ve seen in Ohio, let me know.
I should have said dragonflies, not butterflies.
I think your photo of the female Libellula luctuosa is an immature male. It shows faint white patches outside the dark areas in the wings and lacks the dark wingtips that are present in immature females.
Steve, thank you for correcting me.
Amazing! I think I’ve managed to capture a photo of a dragonfly once – they move so fast! Fantastic photos 🙂 x
Becky, thanks! One trick that we’ve learned about photographing dragonflies is that they are very territorial. I’ve often seen one perched on a twig or grass, and then watched it fly away before I can get my camera focused on it. However if I go ahead and focus my camera on the now-vacant twig, I’m often rewarded by that very same dragonfly coming back shortly and perching on it once again. Since my camera is already focused, all I have to do is click the shutter button, and I can get a photo of it before it flies away again.
Gorgeous photos! You’ve seen a bunch that are on my bucket list… Calico pennant being the main one! It’s a beauty…
Thanks, Karen! The one that I most want to photograph right now is the Black Saddlebags. I could swear that I’ve seen them flying around, but I can’t confirm that because I’ve never seen one land.