Skip Navigation LinksOdes For Beginners : Identifying Odonates : Odonate Families

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Odonates are split into two large groups, Dragonflies (Anisoptera) and Damselflies (Zygoptera).  These sub-orders are further split into families.

Each family has many characteristics in common that may help as you try to ID your Ode.  Just click on the family you are interested in and learn more about each of these families.

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