CHECKLIST OF KANSAS ODONATA (DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES) (125 Species)

Argia moesta male perched on dew-covered grass on cool morning.With Data Sources, Notes, and Historical Records.        
Above right: Photograph of Argia moesta male taken in August 1994 near the Big Caney River, Chautauqua County, Kansas By Roy J. Beckemeyer.
Prepared by Roy J. Beckemeyer (send email to royb at southwind.net)                               
Last updated 19 January 2004

Species have linked distribution maps that show counties of occurrence for Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.  Click HERE for link to general info on Great Plains Odonata.


Number of species per county for Kansas and some bordering counties

 

Right: Shading indicates the number of species of Odonata recorded for each Kansas county and for some bordering counties in adjacent states.  Data current as of 19 January, 2004.  As indicated, many counties are inadequately sampled.

 

 


ODONATA (ZYGOPTERA) -- DAMSELFLIES - 42 SPECIES

CALOPTERYGIDAE -- BROAD-WINGED DAMSELFLIES - 3 SPECIES

1. Calopteryx maculata (Beauvois, 1805) -- Ebony Jewelwing ^
2. Hetaerina americana (Fabricius, 1798) -- American Rubyspot ^
3. Hetaerina titia (Drury, 1773) -- Smoky Rubyspot ^

LESTIDAE -- SPREADWING DAMSELFLIES - 5 SPECIES

4. Archilestes grandis (Rambur, 1842) -- Great Spreadwing
5. Lestes disjunctus australis Walker, 1952 -- Common Spreadwing
6. Lestes eurinus Say, 1839 -- Amber-winged Spreadwing
7. Lestes rectangularis Say, 1839 -- Slender Spreadwing ^
8. Lestes unguiculatus Hagen, 1861 -- Lyre-tipped Spreadwing ^

COENAGRIONIDAE -- POND DAMSELS - 34 SPECIES

9. Amphiagrion sp. Selys, 1876 -- Red Damsel (NOTE)
10. Argia alberta Kennedy, 1918 -- Paiute Dancer
11. Argia apicalis (Say, 1839) -- Blue-fronted Dancer ^
12. Argia bipunctulata (Hagen, 1861) -- Seepage Dancer
13. Argia fumipennis violacea (Hagen, 1861) -- Variable Dancer ^
14. Argia immunda (Hagen, 1861) -- Kiowa Dancer (NOTE)
15. Argia moesta (Hagen, 1861) -- Powdered Dancer ^
16. Argia nahuana Calvert, 1902 -- Aztec Dancer
17. Argia plana Calvert, 1902 -- Springwater Dancer
18. Argia sedula (Hagen, 1861) -- Blue-ringed Dancer ^
19. Argia tibialis (Rambur, 1842) -- Blue-tipped Dancer ^
20. Argia translata Hagen in Selys, 1865 -- Dusky Dancer
21. Enallagma antennatum (Say, 1839) -- Rainbow Bluet ^
22. Enallagma aspersum (Hagen, 1861) -- Azure Bluet
23. Enallagma basidens Calvert, 1902 -- Double-striped Bluet ^
24. Enallagma carunculatum Morse, 1895 -- Tule Bluet ^
25. Enallagma civile (Hagen, 1861) -- Familiar Bluet ^
26. Enallagma divagans Selys, 1876 -- Turquoise Bluet
27. Enallagma exsulans (Hagen, 1861) -- Stream Bluet ^
28. Enallagma geminatum Kellicott, 1895 -- Skimming Bluet ^
29. Enallagma praevarum (Hagen, 1861) -- Arroyo Bluet
30. Enallagma signatum (Hagen, 1861) -- Orange Bluet
31. Enallagma traviatum westfalli Donnelly, 1964 -- Slender Bluet
32. Enallagma vesperum Calvert, 1919 -- Vesper Bluet
33. Ischnura barberi Currie, 1903 -- Desert Forktail
34. Ischnura damula Calvert, 1902 -- Plains Forktail
35. Ischnura demorsa (Hagen, 1861) -- Mexican Forktail
36. Ischnura denticollis (Burmeister, 1839) -- Black-fronted Forktail
37. Ischnura hastata (Say, 1839) -- Citrine Forktail (NOTE)
38. Ischnura perparva Selys, 1876 -- Western Forktail
39. Ischnura posita (Hagen, 1861) -- Fragile Forktail
40. Ischnura verticalis (Say, 1839) -- Eastern Forktail ^
41. Nehalennia gracilis Morse, 1895 -- Sphagnum Sprite (NOTE)
42. Telebasis salva (Hagen, 1861) -- Desert Firetail (NOTE)
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ODONATA (ANISOPTERA) -- DRAGONFLIES - 83 SPECIES

PETALURIDAE -- PETALTAILS - 1 SPECIES

43. Tachopteryx thoreyi (Hagen in Selys, 1858) -- Gray Petaltail *

AESHNIDAE -- DARNERS - 10 SPECIES

44. Aeshna constricta Say, 1839 -- Lance-tipped Darner ^
45. Aeshna interrupta lineata Walker, 1908 -- Variable Darner (NOTE)
46. Aeshna multicolor Hagen, 1861 -- Blue-eyed Darner ^
47. Aeshna umbrosa Walker, 1908 -- Shadow Darner
48. Anax junius (Drury 1770) -- Common Green Darner ^
49. Anax longipes Hagen, 1861 -- Comet Darner
50. Basiaeshchna janata (Say, 1839) -- Springtime Darner
51. Boyeria vinosa (Say, 1839) -- Fawn Darner
52. Epiaeschna heros (Fabricius, 1798) -- Swamp Darner
53. Nasiaeschna pentacantha (Rambur, 1842) -- Cyrano Darner

GOMPHIDAE -- CLUBTAILS - 18 SPECIES

54. Arigomphus lentulus (Needham, 1902) -- Stillwater Clubtail
55. Arigomphus submedianus (Williamson, 1914) -- Jade Clubtail
56. Dromogomphus spinosus Selys, 1854 -- Black-shouldered Spinyleg ^
57. Dromogomphus spoliatus (Hagen in Selys, 1858) -- Flag-tailed Spinyleg ^
58. Erpetogomphus designatus Hagen in Selys, 1858 -- Eastern Ringtail ^
59. Gomphus (Gomphurus) externus Hagen in Selys, 1858 -- Plains Clubtail ^
60. Gomphus (Gomphurus) ozarkensis Westfall, 1975 -- Ozark Clubtail
61. Gomphus (Gomphurus) vastus Walsh, 1862 -- Cobra Clubtail ^
62. Gomphus (Gomphus) graslinellus Walsh, 1862 -- Pronghorn Clubtail ^
63. Gomphus (Gomphus) militaris Hagen in Selys, 1858 -- Sulpher-tipped Clubtail ^
64. Hagenius brevistylus Selys, 1854 -- Dragonhunter
65. Ophiogomphus rupinsulensis (Walsh, 1862) -- Rusty Snaketail [Probably O. westfalli]
66. Ophiogomphus severus Hagen, 1874 -- Pale Snaketail
67. Progomphus obscurus (Rambur, 1842) -- Common Sanddragon ^
68. Stylogomphus albistylus (Hagen in Selys, 1878) -- Least Clubtail
69. Stylurus amnicola (Walsh, 1862) -- Riverine Clubtail ^
70. Stylurus intricatus (Hagen, 1858) -- Brimstone Clubtail ^
71. Stylurus plagiatus (Selys, 1854) -- Russett-tipped Clubtail ^

CORDULEGASTRIDAE -- SPIKETAILS - 1 SPECIES

72. Cordulegaster obliqua (Say, 1839) -- Arrowhead Spiketail ^

CORDULIIDAE (MACROMIINAE) -- CRUISERS - 4 SPECIES

73. Didymops transversa (Say, 1839) -- Stream Cruiser
74. Macromia illinoiensis Walsh, 1862 -- Illinois River Cruiser ^    (NOTE)
75. Macromia pacifica Hagen, 1861 -- Gilded River Cruiser ^
76. Macromia taeniolata Rambur, 1842 -- Royal River Cruiser

CORDULIIDAE (CORDULIINAE) -- EMERALDS - 9 SPECIES

77. Epitheca (Tetragoneuria) costalis Muttkowski, 1911 -- Stripe-winged Baskettail (NOTE)
78. Epitheca (Tetragoneuria) cynosura (Say, 1839) -- Common Baskettail  (NOTE)
79. Epitheca (Tetragoneuria) petechialis Muttkowski, 1911 -- Dot-winged Baskettail  ^  (NOTE 1)  (NOTE 2)
80. Epitheca (Epicordulia) princeps (Hagen, 1861) -- Prince Baskettail  (NOTE)
81. Neurocordulia molesta (Walsh, 1863) -- Smoky Shadowdragon
82. Neurocordulia xanthosoma (Williamson, 1908) -- Orange Shadowdragon
83. Somatochlora linearis (Hagen, 1861) -- Mocha Emerald
84. Somatochlora ozarkensis Bird, 1933 -- Ozark Emerald *
85. Somatochlora tenebrosa (Say, 1839) -- Clamp-tipped Emerald

LIBELLULIDAE -- SKIMMMERS 40 SPECIES

86. Brechmorhoga mendax (Hagen, 1861) -- Pale-faced Clubskimmer
87. Celithemis elisa (Hagen, 1861) -- Calico Pennant ^
88. Celithemis eponina (Drury, 1773) -- Halloween Pennant ^
89. Celithemis fasciata Kirby, 1889 -- Banded Pennant
90. Celithemis verna Pritchard, 1935 -- Double-ringed Pennant
91. Dythemis fugax Hagen, 1861 -- Checkered Setwing
92. Dythemis velox Hagen, 1861 -- Swift Setwing
93. Erythemis simplicicollis (Say, 1839) -- Eastern Pondhawk ^
94. Erythemis vesiculosa (Fabricius, 1775) -- Great Pondhawk
95. Erythrodiplax umbrata (Linnaeus, 1758) -- Band-winged Dragonlet  (NOTE)
96. Ladona deplanata Rambur, 1842 -- Blue Corporal
 
97. Leucorrhinia intacta (Hagen, 1861) -- Dot-tailed Whiteface
98. Libellula comanche Calvert, 1907 -- Comanche Skimmer
99. Libellula composita (Hagen, 1873) -- Bleached Skimmer
100. Libellula cyanea Fabricius, 1775 -- Spangled Skimmer ^
101. Libellula flavida Rambur, 1842 -- Yellow-sided Skimmer
102. Libellula incesta Hagen, 1861 -- Slaty Skimmer
103. Libellula luctuosa Burmeister, 1839 -- Widow Skimmer ^
104. Libellula pulchella Drury, 1773 -- Twelve-spotted Skimmer ^
105. Libellula saturata Uhler, 1857 -- Flame Skimmer ^
106. Libellula semifasciata Burmeister, 1839 -- Painted Skimmer
107. Libellula vibrans Fabricius, 1798 -- Great Blue Skimmer
108. Orthemis ferruginea (Fabricius, 1775) -- Roseate Skimmer
109. Pachydiplax longipennis (Burmeister, 1839) -- Blue Dasher ^
110. Pantala flavescens (Fabricius, 1798) -- Wandering Glider ^
111. Pantala hymenaea (Say, 1839) -- Spot-winged Glider ^
112. Perithemis tenera (Say, 1839) -- Eastern Amberwing ^
 
113. Plathemis lydia Drury, 1770 -- Common Whitetail ^
114. Plathemis subornata (Hagen, 1861) -- Desert Whitetail ^
115. Sympetrum ambiguum (Rambur, 1842) -- Blue-faced Meadowhawk ^
116. Sympetrum corruptum (Hagen, 1861) -- Variegated Meadowhawk ^
117. Sympetrum costiferum (Hagen, 1861) -- Saffron-winged Meadowhawk
118. Sympetrum internum Montgomery, 1943 -- Cherry-faced Meadowhawk
119. Sympetrum obtrusum (Hagen, 1867) -- White-faced Meadowhawk ^
120. Sympetrum occidentale fasciatum Walker, 1951 -- Western Meadowhawk
121. Sympetrum rubicundulum (Say, 1839) -- Ruby Meadowhawk ^
122. Sympetrum vicinum (Hagen, 1861) -- Yellow-legged Meadowhawk ^
123. Tramea carolina (Linnaeus, 1763) -- Carolina Saddlebags ^
124. Tramea lacerata Hagen, 1861 -- Black Saddlebags ^
125. Tramea onusta Hagen, 1861 -- Red-mantled Saddlebags ^
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SOURCE DATA:

  1. Banks. N., 1894, "On a collection of neuropteroid insects from Kansas", Ent. News, 4:178-180.
  2. Tucker, 1907, "Some results of desultatory collections of insects of Colorado and Kansas", Univ. Ks. Sci. Bull. (Odonata), 4:78-79.
  3. Kennedy, C.H. 1917, "The Dragonflies of Kansas", Univ. KS Dept. Ent. Bull. 11:129-145 .[Kennedy's pioneering effort listed 64 species of Odonata for the state.]
  4. Allison, V.C., 1921, "Some dragonflies of southeastern Kansas", Trans. Kansas Acad. Sci., 30:45-58.
  5. Huggins, D.G., P.M. Liechti, and D.W. Roubik, 1976, "Species Accounts for Certain Aquatic Macroinvertebrates from Kansas (Odonata, Hemiptera, Coleoptera and Sphaeriidae)", in "New Records of the Fauna and Flora of Kansas for 1975", Tech. Publ. of the State Biol. Surv. of Kansas, 1:13-77.
  6. Huggins, D.G., 1978, "Additional Records of Kansas Odonata", in "New Records of the Flora and Fauna of Kansas for 1977", Tech. Publ. of the State Biol. Surv. of Kansas, 6:1-35.
  7. Cringan, M.S., 1978, "Dragonflies and damselflies of McKinney Marsh", The Emporia State University Research Studies, XXVII(3):1-28. [One of the few studies of the seasonal occurrence of Odonata in Kansas.]
  8. Huggins, D.G., 1983, "New Records of Odonata", in "New Records of the Fauna and Flora of Kansas for 1982", Tech. Publ. of the State Biol. Surv. of Kansas, 13:24-25.
  9. Huggins, D. G., and G.L. Harp, 1985, "The Nymph of Gomphus (Gomphurus) ozarkensis Westfall (Odonata: Gomphidae)", J. Ks. Entomol. Soc., 58(4):656-661.
  10. Huggins, D.G., and M.F. Moffett, 1988, "Proposed Biotic and Habitat Indices for Use in Kansas Streams", Rept. No. 35 of the Kansas Biological Survey.
  11. Beckemeyer, R.J., 1995, "Some county records for Kansas and Oklahoma", Argia: The news journal of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas, 7(3):28-29
  12. Beckemeyer, R.J., 1996, "First record of Brechmorhoga mendax from Kansas", Argia: The news journal of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas, 8(2):29-30
  13. Todd, R., 1996 & 1997, Personal communication. [Mr. Todd passed on to me voucher specimens of Celithemis verna, Dythemis velox, and Tramea carolina, all of which are thus newly added to the list. He also verified the occurrence of Anax longipes for Crawford Co. These specimens are being placed in the KBS collection.]
  14. Charlton, R., June 1997, Personal communication. Prof. Charlton has collected Erythemis vesiculosa from Geary Co., and Lestes eurinus from Pottawatomie Co. , both new to Kansas, and has collected Anax longipes from Woodson Co.
  15. Beckemeyer, R., March, 1997, Notes taken on a group of specimens on loan to the author from the USNM. Single specimens of Argia immunda from Cherokee County and Erythrodiplax umbrata from Labette County were found. In addition, Labette County was added to the occurrence records for Arigomphus submedianus.
  16. Beckemeyer, R.J., 1998, "Some midwestern Odonata records for 1997", Argia: The news journal of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas, 9(4):6.
  17. Beckemeyer, R.J., 1998, "Some Kansas state and county Odonata records for 1998", Argia: The news journal of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas, 10(4):26.
  18. Charlton, R., April, 1998, Personal communication. Prof. Charlton has noted the existence of three male speciemens of Aeshna interrupta lineata in the Kansas State University collection. There are 2 from Riley County and one from Marion County.
  19. Beckemeyer, R.J., 2000, "Some county Odonata records for Kansas and Nebraska for 1999 and 2000", Argia: The news journal of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas, 12(3):27-28.
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NOTES:

  1. This list is arranged taxonomically by SUBORDER : FAMILY, then alphabetically by Genus: Species within each FAMILY. Entries include: Entry No. Genus species Author who described species (In parentheses if species is now assigned to a different genus than when described by author), Date described -- Common Name.
  2. References used to update nomenclature include: R.W. Garrison (1991, "A Synonomic List of the New World Odonata", Argia, 3(2):1-30); M.J. Westfall, Jr., & M.L. May, (1996, "Damselflies of North America", Scientific Publishers, Gainesville, FL);K.J. Tennessen, (1977, "Rediscovery of Epitheca costalis", Ann. Ent. Soc. Am., 70(2):267-273); K.J. Tennessen, (1995, Personal Communication regarding genus Epitheca); Dennis Paulson (1996, Personal Communication regarding nomenclature). Please note the following regarding the cited entries:

    No. 9. The Amphiagrion sp. was identified by Huggins (1976) as distinct from A. saucium and A. abbreviatum, and therefore to be a new species. It remains to be described and named, and was not listed by Garrison. (The late Mrs. L.K. Gloyd studied Amphiagrion for many years. Rosser Garrison has told me that she had examined over 3000 specimens of the genus and was planning on describing the "mid-American" form (AZ to the Midwestern states) as A. mesonum. This name was in use as a manuscript name, and many workers during that time period therefore described Amphiagrion from the region as A. sp. Some workers today apparently consider Amphiagrion as a species with gradual clinal variation from east to west. The problem remains to be closed. Thanks to Rosser Garrison (Personal Communication, Sept. 1995) for discussing the issue with me.) In their recent master work on the Zygoptera of North America, Westfall and May (1996) state: "There is evidence that populations from the midwest, southwest into Arizona, probably repesent a third species, but their status is as yet unclear. Amphiagrion not clearly assignable to either A. abbreviatum or A. saucium are known from: AZ, CO, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, NE, NM, ND, OK, SD, WI."

    No. 14. Argia immunda is added to the list based on a specimen from the USNM that was collected from Cherokee County on 27 April, 1963 by Gary F. Hevel (Male, determined by M. Davis, 1975)

    No. 37. I have followed Garrison(1991) and Westfall & May (1996) by transferring Anomalagrion hastatum into the genus Ischnura as I. hastata (Say), 1839.

    No. 41. Nehalennia gracilis is added to the list based on a photograph published in Insects in Kansas (2000, 3rd Edition, S.C. White & G.A. Salsbury, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Topeka, KS: p. 52).  The photo was identified by D.G. Huggins and verified by Roy Beckemeyer.  There is no locality record available for the photo other than it having been taken in the state (somewhere in the southeastern portion of Kansas).

    No. 42. Telebasis salva is added to the list based on a specimen in the Florida State Collection of Arthropods that was the source for the listing by Westfall and May of this species in Kansas. Mike May and Bill Mauffray kindly tracked down the specimen, so the species is hereby added to the list vide Mauffray: A single envelope in the FSCA with the following data: "Telebasis salva Hagen 1 male, 1 female, Kansas, Sumner County, Hunters Mill Pond, 1 September 1936, Eldon Kile (Collector), Ex Williamson-Kennedy Collection, Ex M.J. Westfall Collection". 

    Update: Mark O'Brien of the Univ. of Michigan Museum of Zoology located 8 additional specimens that had been collected by Eldon Kile (same location) on Sept. 1, 1936, and 4 that were collected Sept. 11, 1936. All were determined by L.K. Gloyd. Mark has donated a pair of the specimens to us for the Kansas Biological Survey Collection.   

    Update #2: Betsy Betros of Lenexa, Kansas photographed T. salva (male) in Barber County, Kansas on 5 Sept. 1999.  Photo id by R.J. Beckemeyer.

    No. 45.  Aeshna interruptaq lineata is added to the list based on three male specimens in the Kansas University collection discovered by Ralph Charlton (1998). Labels carry the following information: Specimen #1: "T.F. Winburn coll / Manhattan, Ks. / July '29"; Specimen #2: "Coll. / W C Dick / Kansas / Marion Co. / Fall 1958"; Specimen #3: "Manh'tn, Ks. / '23 Sept. / Aeshna male / male app = lineata / color female = interna".

    No. 65. Ophiogomphus rupinsulensis is known only from nymphal material for Kansas. Cook & Daigle (1985) determined that specimens previously identified as this species in Missouri and Arkansas were really a new species, O. westfalli. It is likely that the Kansas specimens are also of this new species but I have chosen to retain this entry as O. rupinsulensis until verification by examination of the specimens has been accomplished.

    No. 74. Huggins listed and Garrison recognized both Macromia illinoiensis and M. georgina as valid species. However, T.W. Donnelly and K.J. Tennessen recently declared M. georgina to be a subspecies of M. illinoiensis, and the Kansas specimens they had inspected to be either intermediate forms (subspecies indeterminate) or of the subspecies M. i. georgina (1994, "Macromia illinoiensis and georgina: A Study of Their Variation and Apparent Subspecific Relationship (Odonata: Corduliidae)". Bull. of American Odonatology, 2(3):27-61). I have therefore removed Macromia georgina from the Kansas list.

    No. 77-80. I follow Tennessen (1995, Personal Communication) who recommends Walker's treatment (1966, "On the generic status of Tetragoneuria and Epicordulia) Can. Entomol., 98:897-902); that is, making both Epicordulia and Tetragoneuria subgenera of Epitheca.

    No. 77. Garrison, following the advice of K.J. Tennessen, synonomized Tetragoneuria williamsoni with T. costalis I have followed this advice (Tennessen, Personal Communication, 1995) as well, replacing the records of T. williamsoni with Epitheca costalis.

    No. 79. While Paulson (1996, Personal Communication) and some other authorities consider Epitheca petechialis to be a synonym of Epitheca costalis, I follow the advice of Tennessen (1995, Personal Communication), and retain species status for E. petechialis pending further investigation.

    No. 95. Erythrodiplax umbrata is added based on a specimen from the USNM collected by Gary F. Hevel on 11 July, 1964 from Oswego in Labette County (teneral male, determined by R.W. Garrison, 1986).  

    Update:  A female specimen was collected in Sedgwick Co. by Roy J. Beckemeyer on 8 June, 1999.

  3. Common names are from D.R. Paulson & S.W. Dunkle, 1996, "Common names of North American dragonflies and damselflies, adopted by the Dragonfly Society of the Americas", ARGIA, 8(2). Link to Internet Version of List
  4. Entries 43 and 84 (indicated by "*" ) are listed as "Species in Need of Conservation" in the State of Kansas.
  5. Entries marked with "^" were listed by Kennedy.
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HISTORICAL RECORDS:

1. Records of C.H. Kennedy (1917)

In addition to the 57 species noted by the "^" annotation above, the following 7 species were also identified as occuring in Kansas by Kennedy (1917). However, Huggins (Huggins et al, 1976) was unable to substantiate the occurrence of the first 5 when he reviewed the material in the Kansas University collection. Because there are also no recent records of occurrence, we have listed them as Unsubstantiated:

  1. Lestes forcipatus Rambur 1842. Huggins could not locate Kennedy's material. Given the confusion in old records between Lestes disjunctus and Lestes forcipatus, these records may all refer to L. disjunctus australis. See Walker, E.M., 1952, The Lestes disjunctus and forcipatus comples (Odonata: Lestidae), Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 78:59-74
  2. Amphiagrion saucium (Burmeister 1839). Kennedy's material could not be located by Huggins, but all material identified as A. saucium in the KU collection in 1975 was determined by him to be Amphiagrion sp. nov. (See Note 2).
  3. Enallagma clausum Morse 1895. No Kansas specimens were found by Huggins in the KU collection.
  4. Enallagma hageni (Walsh 1863). Only material from Indiana and Ohio was found in the KU collection by Huggins.

Note that for Tramea carolina (Linnaeus 1763). Kennedy referenced material from Pratt & Clark Counties. Huggins determined that the Clark Co. specimen was T. onusta, but could not locate the Pratt Co. specimen. Ragan Todd of Pittsburg, KS (Crawford Co.) collected this species recently, thus justifying adding it back onto the list.

In addition, Huggins (et al, 1976) determined the following specimens of Kennedy to have been Misidentified:

  1. Lestes congener Hagen 1861. Kennedy's Douglas Co. record was determined by Huggins to be Lestes unguiculatus (No. 8).
  2. Sympetrum semicinctum (Say 1839). Huggins determined that all adult specimens in the KU collection matched Walker's (1951, "Sympetrum semicinctum Say and its nearest allies (Odonata)", Ent. News, 62: 153-163) description of Sympetrum occidentale fasciatum (No. 115).

Kennedy also listed a species which has subsequently been Synonomized:

  1. Macromia australensis - Syn. of M. georgina - Subsp. of M. illinoiensis (No. 72 - See Note 2).

Finally, the following species listed by Kennedy in 1917 are synonyms of species in the current list:

  1. Agrion maculatum - Syn. of Calopteryx maculata (No. 1).
  2. Hetaerina tricolor - Syn. of Hetaerina titia (No.3).
  3. Argia moesta var. putrida - Syn. of Argia moesta (No. 15).
  4. Ęschna constricta - Syn. of Aeshna constricta (No. 43).
  5. Ęschna multicolor - Syn. of Aeshna multicolor (No. 45).
  6. Platycordulia xanthosoma - Syn. of Neurocordulia xanthosoma (No. 81).
  7. Perithemis domita var. tenera - Syn. of Perithemis tenera (No. 111).
  8. Sympetrum ambigua - Syn, of Sympetrum ambiguum (No. 112).

2. Records of V.C. Allison (1921)

Huggins (1975) reported that Allison's Crawford County collection had apparently been lost, and he did not comment further on Allison's listing of 34 species. Allison noted that "'The Insect Book', Howard; Hagen's 'Neuroptera'; 'The Dragon Flies of Indiana' by E.B. Williamson, were used in this work". There is no indication that he had any of his specimens verified by any contemporary authorities on Odonata. I list his 34 species and comment briefly on them here. Since there are no vouchers, the one species that would constitute and addition to the list is carried as Unsubstantiated.

1. Ęschna pentacantha [= Nasiaeschna pentacantha of this list (No. 52)]
2. Ęschna verticalis [I strongly suspect this to be Aeshna constricta. Allison noted that the species was "Not rare", and A. constricta is present in Crawford County]
3. Anomalagrion hastatum [= Ischnura hastata (No. 37)]
4. Anax junius (No. 48)
5. Argia apicallis [sic] [= Argia apicalis] (No. 11)
6. Argia putridia [sic] [= Argia moesta (No. 15)]
7. Argia violacea [= Argia fumipennis violacea (No. 13)]
8. Celethemis [sic] elisa [= Celithemis elisa (No. 86)]
9. Celethemis [sic] eponina [=Celithemis eponina (No. 87)]
10. Dromogomphus spoliatus (No. 56)
11. Enallagma aspersum (No. 22)
12. Enallagma civile (No. 25)
13. Enallagma signatum (No. 30)
14. Epicordulia princeps [= Epitheca (Epicordulia) princeps (No. 79)]
15. Ischnura verticalis (No. 40)
16. Lestes unguiculatus (No. 8)
17. Libellua auripennis [There are no current collection records or known voucher species. None of the currently documented species of Libellula from southeast Kansas could be easily confused with auripennis. The species has been recorded in Oklahoma and Missouri, and could very well occur or have occurred in Kansas. I thus choose to add L. auripennis to the list of Unsubstantiated species of Odonata for Kansas.]
18. Libellula basalis [= Libellula luctuosa (No. 102)]
19. Libellula cyanea (No. 98)
20. Libellula pulchella (No. 104)
21. Libellula vibrans (No. 108)
22. Macromia taeniolata (No. 75)
23. Mesothemis simplicicollis [= Erythemis simplicicollis (No. 92)]
24. Pachydiplax longipennis (No. 110)
25. Pantala hymenaea (No. 112)
26. Pantala flavescens (No. 111)
27. Perithemis domitia [= Perithemis tenera (No. 113)
28. Plathemis lydia [=Libellula lydia (No. 103)]
29. Sympetrum albifrons [= Sympetrum ambiguum (No. 114)
30. Sympetrum corruptum (No. 115)
31. Sympetrum vicinum (No. 121)
32. Sympetrum semicinctum [Probably = Sympetrum occidentale fasciatum (No. 119), as all other Kansas specimens available that were labelled as semicinctum were the latter species.]
33. Tramea lacerata (No. 123)
34. Tramea onucta (No. 124)

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