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CHECKLIST OF OKLAHOMA ODONATA (DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES) (135 Species) -- 

Archilestes grandis male at Regnier Ranch, Oklahoma.Compiled by George H. Bick, Edited and prepared for the web by Roy J. Beckemeyer

 Last Updated 19 January 2004

Photograph of Archilestes grandis taken in Cimarron County, Oklahoma By Roy J. Beckemeyer.

Species have linked distribution maps that show counties of occurrence for Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.  Click HERE for info on Great Plains Odonata.
With  Data Sources, Notes, and Historical Records.
This list is based largely on data for Oklahoma species distribution that were compiled over a period of more than 40 years by George H. Bick. I am honored that Dr. Bick has allowed me the use of his data in constructing this checklist.  Please address changes and comments to the preparer: Roy J. Beckemeyer, 957 Perry Street, Wichita, KS 67203-3141, [Phone:(316)264-0049].
© George Bick & Roy J. Beckemeyer, 1998

ODONATA (ZYGOPTERA) -- DAMSELFLIES - 51 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 - 9 SPECIES

4. Archilestes grandis (Rambur, 1842) -- Great Spreadwing
5. Lestes alacer Hagen, 1861 -- Plateau Spreadwing
6. Lestes disjunctus australis Walker, 1952 -- Common Spreadwing
7. Lestes dryas Kirby, 1890 --Emerald Spreadwing
8. Lestes inaequalis Walsh, 1862 -- Elegant Spreadwing
9. Lestes rectangularis Say, 1839 -- Slender Spreadwing
10. Lestes sigma Calvert, 1901 -- Chalky Spreadwing
11. Lestes unguiculatus Hagen, 1861 -- Lyre-tipped Spreadwing
12. Lestes vigilax Hagen in Selys, 1862 -- Swamp Spreadwing

COENAGRIONIDAE -- POND DAMSELS - 39 SPECIES

13. Amphiagrion abbreviatum (Selys, 1876) -- Western Red Damsel
14. Argia alberta Kennedy, 1918 -- Paiute Dancer
15. Argia apicalis (Say, 1839) -- Blue-fronted Dancer
16. Argia bipunctulata (Hagen, 1861) -- Seepage Dancer
17. Argia fumipennis violacea (Hagen, 1861) -- Variable Dancer
18. Argia immunda (Hagen, 1861) -- Kiowa Dancer
19. Argia lugens (Hagen, 1861) -- Sooty Dancer
20. Argia moesta (Hagen, 1861) -- Powdered Dancer
21. Argia nahuana Calvert, 1902 -- Aztec Dancer
22. Argia plana Calvert, 1902 -- Springwater Dancer
23. Argia sedula (Hagen, 1861) -- Blue-ringed Dancer
24. Argia tibialis (Rambur, 1842) -- Blue-tipped Dancer
25. Argia translata Hagen in Selys, 1865 -- Dusky Dancer
26. Enallagma antennatum (Say, 1839) -- Rainbow Bluet
27. Enallagma aspersum (Hagen, 1861) -- Azure Bluet
28. Enallagma basidens Calvert, 1902 -- Double-striped Bluet
29. Enallagma carunculatum Morse, 1895 -- Tule Bluet
30. Enallagma civile (Hagen, 1861) -- Familiar Bluet
31. Enallagma daeckii (Calvert, 1903) -- Attenuated Bluet
32. Enallagma divagans Selys, 1876 -- Turquoise Bluet
33. Enallagma dubium Root, 1924 -- Burgandy Bluet
34. Enallagma exsulans (Hagen, 1861) -- Stream Bluet
35. Enallagma geminatum Kellicott, 1895 -- Skimming Bluet
36. Enallagma praevarum (Hagen, 1861) -- Arroyo Bluet
37. Enallagma signatum (Hagen, 1861) -- Orange Bluet
38. Enallagma traviatum westfalli Donnelly, 1964 -- Slender Bluet
39. Enallagma vesperum Calvert, 1919 -- Vesper Bluet
40. Ischnura barberi Currie, 1903 -- Desert Forktail
41. Ischnura damula Calvert, 1902 -- Plains Forktail
42. Ischnura demorsa (Hagen, 1861) -- Mexican Forktail
43. Ischnura denticollis (Burmeister, 1839) -- Black-fronted Forktail
44. Ischnura hastata (Say, 1839) -- Citrine Forktail
45. Ischnura kellicotti Williamson, 1898 --Lilypad Forktail
46. Ischnura perparva Selys, 1876 -- Western Forktail
47. Ischnura posita (Hagen, 1861) -- Fragile Forktail
48. Ischnura ramburii (Selys, 1850) -- Rambur's Forktail
49. Ischnura verticalis (Say, 1839) -- Eastern Forktail
50. Nehalennia integricollis Calvert, 1913 -- Southern Sprite
51. Telebasis salva (Hagen, 1861) -- Desert Firetail

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ODONATA (ANISOPTERA) -- DRAGONFLIES - 84 SPECIES

Note that maps are not available as of 31 March for Anisoptera (other than Petaluridae and Aeshnidae) in Oklahoma. Links will go instead to Kansas maps if there is one available. Maps will be added for all of the Anisoptera as I get to them.

PETALURIDAE -- PETALTAILS - 1 SPECIES

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

AESHNIDAE -- DARNERS - 9 SPECIES

53. Aeshna multicolor Hagen, 1861 -- Blue-eyed Darner
54. Aeshna umbrosa Walker, 1908 -- Shadow Darner
55. Anax junius (Drury 1770) -- Common Green Darner
56. Anax longipes Hagen, 1861 -- Comet Darner
57. Basiaeshchna janata (Say, 1839) -- Springtime Darner
58. Boyeria vinosa (Say, 1839) -- Fawn Darner
59. Epiaeschna heros (Fabricius, 1798) -- Swamp Darner
60. Gynacantha nervosa Rambur, 1842 -- Twilight Darner
61. Nasiaeschna pentacantha (Rambur, 1842) -- Cyrano Darner

GOMPHIDAE -- CLUBTAILS - 16 SPECIES

62. Arigomphus lentulus (Needham, 1902) -- Stillwater Clubtail
63. Arigomphus submedianus (Williamson, 1914) -- Jade Clubtail
64. Dromogomphus spinosus Selys, 1854 -- Black-shouldered Spinyleg
65. Dromogomphus spoliatus (Hagen in Selys, 1858) -- Flag-tailed Spinyleg
66. Erpetogomphus designatus Hagen in Selys, 1858 -- Eastern Ringtail
67. Gomphus (Gomphurus) externus Hagen in Selys, 1858 -- Plains Clubtail
68. Gomphus (Gomphurus) ozarkensis Westfall, 1975 -- Ozark Clubtail
69. Gomphus (Gomphurus) vastus Walsh, 1862 -- Cobra Clubtail
70. Gomphus (Gomphus) graslinellus Walsh, 1862 -- Pronghorn Clubtail
71. Gomphus (Gomphus) militaris Hagen in Selys, 1858 -- Sulpher-tipped Clubtail
72. Gomphus (Gomphus) oklahomensis Pritchard, 1935 -- Oklahoma Clubtail
73. Hagenius brevistylus Selys, 1854 -- Dragonhunter
74. Phyllogomphoides stigmatus (Say, 1839) -- Four-striped Leaftail
75. Progomphus obscurus (Rambur, 1842) -- Common Sanddragon
76. Stylogomphus albistylus (Hagen in Selys, 1878) -- Least Clubtail
77. Stylurus plagiatus (Selys, 1854) -- Russett-tipped Clubtail

CORDULEGASTRIDAE -- SPIKETAILS - 1 SPECIES

78. Cordulegaster obliqua (Say, 1839) -- Arrowhead Spiketail

CORDULIIDAE (MACROMIINAE) -- CRUISERS - 4 SPECIES

79. Didymops transversa (Say, 1839) -- Stream Cruiser
80. Macromia illinoiensis Walsh, 1862 -- Illinois River Cruiser
81. Macromia pacifica Hagen, 1861 -- Gilded River Cruiser
82. Macromia taeniolata Rambur, 1842 -- Royal River Cruiser

CORDULIIDAE (CORDULIINAE) -- EMERALDS - 13 SPECIES

83. Epitheca (Tetragoneuria) costalis Muttkowski, 1911 -- Stripe-winged Baskettail
84. Epitheca (Tetragoneuria) cynosura (Say, 1839) -- Common Baskettail
85. Epitheca (Tetragoneuria) petechialis Muttkowski, 1911 -- Dot-winged Baskettail
86. Epitheca (Epicordula) princeps (Hagen, 1861) -- Prince Baskettail
87. Epitheca (Tetragoneuria) semiaquaea (Burmeister, 1839) -- Mantled Baskettail
88. Epitheca (Tetragoneuria) spinosa (Hagen in Selys, 1878) -- Robust Baskettail
89. Helocordulia uhleri (Selys, 1871) -- Uhler's Sundragon
90. Neurocordulia molesta (Walsh, 1863) -- Smoky Shadowdragon
91. Neurocordulia virginiensis Davis, 1927 -- Cinnamon Shadowdragon
92. Neurocordulia xanthosoma (Williamson, 1908) -- Orange Shadowdragon
93. Somatochlora linearis (Hagen, 1861) -- Mocha Emerald
94. Somatochlora ozarkensis Bird, 1933 -- Ozark Emerald
95. Somatochlora tenebrosa (Say, 1839) -- Clamp-tipped Emerald

LIBELLULIDAE -- SKIMMERS - 40 SPECIES

96. Brachymesia gravida (Calvert, 1890) -- Four-spotted Pennant
97. Brechmorhoga mendax (Hagen, 1861) -- Pale-faced Clubskimmer
98. Celithemis elisa (Hagen, 1861) -- Calico Pennant
99. Celithemis eponina (Drury, 1773) -- Halloween Pennant
100. Celithemis fasciata Kirby, 1889 -- Banded Pennant
101. Celithemis verna Pritchard, 1935 -- Double-ringed Pennant
102. Dythemis fugax Hagen, 1861 -- Checkered Setwing
103. Dythemis velox Hagen, 1861 -- Swift Setwing
104. Erythemis simplicicollis (Say, 1839) -- Eastern Pondhawk
105. Erythemis vesiculosa (Fabricius, 1775) -- Great Pondhawk
106. Erythrodiplax miniscula (Rambur, 1842) -- Little Blue Dragonlet
107. Erythrodiplax umbrata (Linnaeus, 1758) -- Band-winged Dragonlet
108. Ladona deplanata Rambur, 1842 -- Blue Corporal
109. Libellula auripennis Burmeister, 1839 -- Golden-winged Skimmer
110. Libellula comanche Calvert, 1907 -- Comanche Skimmer
111. Libellula croceipennis Selys, 1868 -- Neon Skimmer
112. Libellula cyanea Fabricius, 1775 -- Spangled Skimmer
113. Libellula flavida Rambur, 1842 -- Yellow-sided Skimmer
114. Libellula incesta Hagen, 1861 -- Slaty Skimmer
115. Libellula luctuosa Burmeister, 1839 -- Widow Skimmer
116. Libellula nodosticta Hagen, 1861 -- Hoary Skimmer
117. Libellula pulchella Drury, 1773 -- Twelve-spotted Skimmer
118. Libellula saturata Uhler, 1857 -- Flame Skimmer
119. Libellula semifasciata Burmeister, 1839 -- Painted Skimmer
120. Libellula vibrans Fabricius, 1798 -- Great Blue Skimmer
121 . Orthemis ferruginea (Fabricius, 1775) -- Roseate Skimmer
122. Pachydiplax longipennis (Burmeister, 1839) -- Blue Dasher
123. Pantala flavescens (Fabricius, 1798) -- Wandering Glider
124. Pantala hymenaea (Say, 1839) -- Spot-winged Glider
125. Perithemis tenera (Say, 1839) -- Eastern Amberwing
126. Plathemis lydia Drury, 1770 -- Common Whitetail
127. Plathemis subornata (Hagen, 1861) -- Desert Whitetail
128. Sympetrum ambiguum (Rambur, 1842) -- Blue-faced Meadowhawk
129. Sympetrum corruptum (Hagen, 1861) -- Variegated Meadowhawk
130. Sympetrum internum Montgomery, 1943 -- Cherry-faced Meadowhawk
131. Sympetrum occidentale fasciatum Walker, 1951 -- Western Meadowhawk
132. Sympetrum vicinum (Hagen, 1861) -- Yellow-legged Meadowhawk
133. Tramea carolina (Linnaeus, 1763) -- Carolina Saddlebags
134. Tramea lacerata Hagen, 1861 -- Black Saddlebags
135. Tramea onusta Hagen, 1861 -- Red-mantled Saddlebags

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PARTIAL SOURCE DATA: 

  1. Abbott, J., 1996, New and interesting records from Texas and Oklahoma, Argia: The news journal of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas, 8(4):14-15
  2. Beckemeyer, R.J., 1995, Some county records for Kansas and Oklahoma, Argia: The news journal of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas, 7(30;28-29
  3. Bick, G.H., 1951, Notes on Oklahoma dragonflies, Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science, 26(3):178-180
  4. Bick, G.H., 1978, New state records of United States Odonata, Notulae Odonatologicae, 1(2):17-19
  5. Bick, G.H., 1983, Odonata at risk in the conterminous United States and Canada, Odonatologica, 12(3):209-226
  6. Bick, G.H., 1991, Oklahoma revisited: unpublished records, Argia: The news journal of the Dragofnly Society of America, 3(1):1-4
  7. Bick, G.H., 1997, Personal communication: Transmittal letter dated Oct. 26, 1997 (G.H. Bick to R.J. Beckemeyer), Title Page: County Checklist of Oklahoma Odonata, plus pages 1-14 (Typewritten list with some pencil emendations added by Dr. Bick)
  8. Bick, G.H., & J.C. Bick, 1957, The Odonata of Oklahoma, Southwestern Naturalist, 2(1):1-18
  9. Bick, G.H., & J.C. Bick, 1958, The ecology of the Odonata at a small creek in southeastern Oklahoma, Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science, 33(3):240-251
  10. Bird, R.D., 1932, Dragonflies of Oklahoma, Publ. University Oklahoma Biological Survey, 4(2):51-57
  11. Bird, R.D., 1933, Somatochlora ozarkensis, a new species from Oklahoma (Odonata, Cordulinae), University of Michigan, Occasional Paper s, Museum of Zoology, No. 261, 7 pp.
  12. Donnelly, T.W., 1995, The Beatty-Donnelly southwestern expedition, 1954, Argia: The news journal of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas, 7(1):18-20
  13. Louton, J.A., 1982, Lotic dragonfly (Anisoptera: Odonata) nymphs of the southeastern United Statees: identificatin, distribution and historical biogeography, PhD Thesis, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 357 pp.
  14. Pritchard, A.E., 1936, Two new dragonflies from Oklahoma, University of Michigan, Occasional Paper s, Museum of Zoology, No. 319, 10 pp. + 1 plate
  15. Pritchard, A.E., 1936, Notes on Somatochlora ozarkensis Bird (Odonata, Libellulidae, Corduliinae), Entomological News, xlvii: 99-101
  16. Williamson, E.B., 1914, Dragonflies (Odonata) collected in Texas and Oklahoma, Entomological News, xxv: 411-415

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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 those used for Kansas Checklist:
    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:
  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

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HISTORICAL RECORDS:

This section remains to be completed as of March 31, 1998.

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