Giff Beaton's Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata) of Georgia and the Southeast

Click on the links below to view identification-oriented photos for Georgia's odonates by family. Note that flight dates listed are regional, compiled primarily from GA and AL, though not all known records have dates so with some rare species the dates are incomplete. Number of counties listed refers to GA.

Damselflies (Zygoptera)

Ebony Jewelwing
Broad-winged Damsels (Calopterygidae)

Swamp Spreadwing

Rambur's Forktail
Pond Damsels

Dragonflies (Anisoptera)

Gray Petaltail

Springtime Darner

Cherokee Clubtail

Say's Spiketail

Stream Cruiser

Prince Baskettail

Painted Skimmer
King Skimmers


Red-veined Pennant
Other Skimmers


If you don't know where to begin, try this family identification page by clicking on the link below:

Where do I start

Odonates of Georgia New! An updated downloadable pdf Odonate Field Checklist for Georgia. Many thanks to Jim Flynn for creating it!

A series of images over an hour showing the emergence of an adult dragonfly from the larval stage plus other emergence shots and a link to a page of larvae shots.

A page of images of larval odonates, with representatives from most of the different families. See HaysopHill link below for many more photos.

Hazards for dragonflies. Click on the photo to see a few others.

 To view a mystery bug dangling from the mouth of a skimmer, click here

Here are four very useful links concerning odonate identification or Georgia/SE distribution.
GA County Database Maps for every Georgia species by county, courtesy of Marion Dobbs
Odonata Central A comprehensive site with great photos and distributional data for Texas and all of North America
HaysopHill Superb photos of SE adults and nymphs by Steve Krotzer
IORI Home Page Clearinghouse of Odonate information with links to just about any ode subject you might be interested in..

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Last updated 29 Oct 2014

Note: Added a few photos and link to

NEW: Many of these images and greatly expanded text are in my book "Dragonflies and Damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast." More details, sample species accounts and prepublication reviews are available at a preview page, just click on the cover at left. This book was published by the University of Georgia Press and is out now.

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All photographs copyright 2014 by Giff Beaton unless otherwise noted.