In these pages you will find images geared toward species identification; individual and comparative county-based maps; and a variety of checklists and summary information on the current status of Georgia dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata). To date, 178 species of odonates have been documented in the state, 53 damselflies (Zygoptera) and 125 dragonflies (Anisoptera).

All new county records are documented via specimen, exuvia, nymph, or photograph and are maintained in a state-level database. Unless otherwise noted, all photographs are from Georgia.

Although the primary purpose of this site is to present information about southeastern odonata, there is also a selection of images from locations in other parts of the country and the world. Additional photos may also be found at this link:


  Marion M. Dobbs

Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata) of Georgia, the southeastern U.S., and beyond  


Stylurus ivae (Shining Clubtail)  ¬©mmd 2017


The Chattooga River, of "Deliverance" fame, forms the border between GA and SC in the NE corner of the former state. In 1974, it was designated a national "Wild and Scenic River," giving it protection from development along a 1/4 mile corridor on either side. Long a popular destination for kayakers, rafters, and water enthusiasts of various kinds, it is also a treasure trove of odonata with some 11 species of Zygoptera (damselflies) and 34 species of Anisoptera (dragonflies), including 17 gomphids, documented as of July 2015.

Click here for species list and photos.

Georgia Checklists

     Damselflies (Zygoptera)

     Dragonflies (Anisoptera)

Images and Distribution Maps

     Broad-winged Damselflies (Calopterygidae)

     Spreadwings (Lestidae)

     Pond Damsels (Coenagrionidae)

     Petaltails (Petaluridae)

     Darners (Aeshnidae)

     Clubtails (Gomphidae)

     Spiketails (Cordulegastridae)

     Cruisers (Macromiidae)

     Emeralds (Corduliidae)

     Skimmers (Libellulidae)

Other images




All images copyright Marion M. Dobbs 2017


Ophiogomphus edmundo