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