Species List – Dragonflies

For my identifications, I used the excellent book Dragonflies of Texas: A Field Guide, by John C. Abbott.  I may not have identified everything correctly, but I would never have been able to figure them out at all, without this book!

All pictures were taken by me, here on the farm.  Unless otherwise noted, these are seen commonly here.  You can click on the thumbnails to see a larger picture.

Species Sighting notes Latin name  Family
1 Common Green Darner Anax junius darners

Common Green Darner

Common Green Darner

Green face w/ green eyes, green thorax.
2 Swamp Darner Epiaeschna heros darners

swamp darner

Swamp Darner

Brown face with blue eyes, brown thorax w/ green stripes.
3 Ashy Clubtail Possibly Oklahoma clubtail.  Seen once. Gomphus lividus clubtails


Ashy Clubtail.

4 Russet-tipped Clubtail  Seen rarely. Stylurus plagiatus clubtails
4  russet tipped
5 Mantled Baskettail Epitheca semiaquea emeralds

mantled baskettail

Mantled Baskettail.

6 Four-spotted Pennant Brachymesia gravida skimmers, tropical pennants

four spotted pennant

Four Spotted Pennant

7 Halloween Pennant Celithemis eponina skimmers, small pennants

halloween pennant 2

Halloween Pennant

8 Banded Pennant Celithemis fasciata skimmers, small pennants

banded pennant

Banded Pennant

9 Eastern Pondhawk Erythemis simplicicollis skimmers, pondhawks

juvenile male

Eastern Pondhawk, juvenile male

10 Blue Corporal Ladona deplanata skimmers, corporals


Blue Corporal, male

juvenile male

Blue Corporal, juvenile male

11 Golden-winged Skimmer Libellula auripennis skimmers, king skimmers

Golden-winged Skimmer, Libellula auripennis.

Golden-winged Skimmer

12 Slaty Skimmer Libellula incesta skimmers, king skimmers

Slaty Skimmer, male

Slaty Skimmer, male

slaty female

Slaty Skimmer, female

13 Widow Skimmer Libellula luctuosa skimmers, king skimmers

Widow Skimmer male

Widow Skimmer male

Widow Skimmer, female

Widow Skimmer, female

14 Roseate Skimmer Orthemis ferruginea skimmers, tropical king skimmers

roseate skimmer

Roseate Skimmer

15 Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis skimmers, blue dasher

blue dasher

Blue Dasher

16 Eastern Amberwing Perithemis tenera skimmers, amberwings


Eastern Amberwing, male


Eastern Amberwing, female

17 Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia skimmers, whitetails


Common Whitetail, male

juvenile male

Common Whitetail, juvenile male


Common Whitetail, female

18 Red Saddlebags Tramea onusta skimmers, saddlebags

red saddebags

Red Saddlebags

Possibly Carolina Saddlebags.
19 Black Saddlebags Tramea lacerata skimmers, saddlebags

Black Saddlebags, photographed in Port Aransas.

This photo actually taken in Pt. Aransas, because they never seem to perch here at home.