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Identifying Odonates

Of course, once you have found a dragonfly or damselfly, you will want to identify it.

If you are just starting, try our Ode ID_101, an introduction to the things to look for, how to tell a damsel from a dragon (and we don't mean that one wears a pretty robe, the other breathes fire)

We also have a guide to the families and genera of North American odonates, which will help you narrow down your choices with hints of what to look for as well as habitat and life cycle information.

If you want to try you hand at larval identification, we suggest you start with exuviae, the cast off shells of emerging odonates. We have introductory information on larval ID available but you will need a textbook or key to larval ID.

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