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June, 2015
Created by David T. Dauphin
This checklist is based on the documented county records found in Abbott, J.C. 2010. Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata) of Texas.  Odonata Survey of Texas. Vol. 5. Austin, Texas. 322p. ISBN 978-1-257-19123-9, and from photo-documented records not sent to JCA.  Thanks to John Abbott, Bob Behrstock, Terry Fuller, Tony Gallucci, Martin Hagne, Dave Hanson, Dan Jones,  Dennis Paulson, Tom Pendleton, Mike Quinn, Martin Reid, and Joshua Rose. 
Cameron County=C, Hidalgo County=H, Starr County=S, Willacy County=W  Photo record-need specimen=* 

Total LRGV Damselflies = 33    

Total LRGV Dragonflies = 80

Total Odonata = 113   

 Damselflies:     Dragonflies:    Total Odonata

     C = 26                C = 53                 C = 79

      H = 32                H = 77                 H = 109

      S = 18                S = 44                  S = 62

      W = 12                 W = 30                 W = 42



American Rubyspot – Hetaerina americana    H, S           
Smokey Rubyspot – Hetaerina titia   C, H, S
Great Spreadwing - Archilestes grandis  H           
Plateau Spreadwing – Lestes alacer   C, H           
Southern Spreadwing – Lestes australis     C, H           
Rainpool Spreadwing – Lestes forficula    C, H, S, W           
Chalky Spreadwing – Lestes sigma    C, H, S           
Blue-striped Spreadwing -- Lestes tenuatus    C, H
Coral-fronted Threadtail- Neoneura aaroni    H*               
Amelia’s Threadtail – Neoneura amelia    C, H, S, W           
Orange-striped Threadtail – Protoneura cara  H
Mexican Wedgetail – Acanthagrion quadratum    C, H           
Blue-fronted Dancer – Argia apicalis    C, H, S, W           
Kiowa Dancer – Argia immunda    C, H, S           
Powdered Dancer – Argia moesta    C, H, S, W           
Springwater Dancer -- Argia plana   C           
Golden-winged Dancer – Argia rhoadsi    C, H*           
Blue-ringed Dancer – Argia sedula    C, H, S, W           
Dusky Dancer – Argia translata    C, H, S           
Double-striped Bluet – Enallagma basidens    C, H, S, W           
Familiar Bluet – Enallagma civile    C, H, S, W           
Big Bluet – Enallagma durum    H, S, W           
Neotropical Bluet – Enallagma novaehispaniae    C, H, S,W
Claw-tipped Bluet - Enallagma semicirculare   H*           
Orange Bluet – Enallagma signatum    C, H, S           
Citrine Forktail – Ischnura hastata    C, H, S, W           
Fragile Forktail – Ischnura posita    C, H           
Rambur’s Forktail – Ischnura ramburii    C, H, S, W         
Cream-tipped Swampdamsel – Leptobasis  melinogaster  C, H           
Red-tipped Swampdamsel - Leptobasis vacillans     H           
Caribbean Yellowface – Neoerythromma ultellatum  C, H, S* 
Marsh Firetail - Telebasis digiticollis  C, H          
Desert Firetail – Telebasis salva    C, H, W
Amazon Darner – Anax amazili    C, H, W          
Blue-spotted Comet Darner – Anax concolor    C, H          
Common Green Darmer -- Anax junius  C, H, S, W            
Comet Darner – Anax longipes    H*           
Blue-faced Darner – Coryphaeschna adnexa    C, H                       
Regal Darner – Coryphaeschna ingens    C, H*
Swamp Darner - Epiaeschna heros    C           
Bar-sided Darner – Gynacantha mexicana    C, H           
Arroyo Darner – Rhionaeschna dugesi    H
Blue-eyed Darner - Rhionaeschna multicolor   H           
Turquoise-tipped Darner – Rhionaeschna psilus  C, H, S            
Caribbean Darner--Triacanthagyna caribbea     C, H            
Pale-green Darner - Triacanthagyna septima    C, H 
Broad-striped Forceptail – Aphylla angustifolia   C, H, S, W           
Narrow-striped Forceptail – Aphylla protracta    C, H, S           
Flag-tailed Spinyleg – Dromogomphus spoliatus   C, H,S          
Eastern Ringtail – Erpetogomphus designatus    H, S           
Plains Clubtail -- Gomphus externus   S           
Tamaulipan Clubtail – Gomphus gonzalezi    C, H, S           
Sulphur-tipped Clubtail – Gomphus  militaris    C, H, S           
Ringed Forceptail – Phyllocycla breviphylla    C, H, S           
Five-striped Leaftail –Phyllogomphoides albrighti    C, H ,S
Four-striped Leaftail - Phyllogomphoides stigmatus  H*           
Russet-tipped Clubtail – Stylurus plagiatus    H, S
Bronzed River Cruiser – Macromia annulata    H
Dot-winged Baskettail - Epitheca petechialis     H                                                                                                                     
Prince Baskettail – Epitheca (Epicordulia) princeps    C, H, S,W
Red-tailed Pennant – Brachymesia furcata    C, H, S, W           
Four-spotted Pennant – Brachymesia gravida    C. H, S, W          
Tawny Pennant – Brachymesia herbida    C, H, S, W                       
Pale-faced Clubskimmer – Brechmorhoga mendax    H*, S
Slender Clubskimmer -  Brechmorhoga praecox   H         
Gray-waisted Skimmer – Cannaphila insularis     C, H, S           
Halloween Pennant – Celithemis eponina    C, H           
Checkered Setwing – Dythemis fugax    H, S, W           
Black Setwing – Dythemis nigrescens    C, H, S, W          
Swift Setwing – Dythemis velox    H, S           
Black Pondhawk --Erythemis attala    C, H           
Claret Pondhawk – Erythemis mithroides    C, H           
Pin-tailed Pondhawk – Erythemis plebeja    C, H, S, W           
Common Pondhawk – Erythemis simplicicollis   C,H,S,W           
Great Pondhawk – Erythemis vesiculosa    C, H, S, W           
Seaside Dragonlet – Erythrodiplax berenice    C, H, W
Red-mantled Dragonlet -  Erythrodiplax fervida      H*       
Red-faced Dragonlet --Erythrodiplax fusca    H*
Little Blue Dragonlet – Erythrodiplax minuscula    C, H                      
Band-winged Dragonlet – Erythrodiplax umbrata    C, H, S, W           
Metallic Pennant -- Idiataphe cubensis   H           
Comanche Skimmer – Libellula comanche    H           
Neon Skimmer - Libellula  croceipennis     H, S
Red-mantled Skimmer - Libellula gaigei      H*           
Needham’s Skimmer – Libellula needhami    C, H, S, W           
Twelve-spotted Skimmer – Libellula pulchella    H           
Flame Skimmer – Libellula saturata   H, S
Great Blue Skimmer - Libellula vibrans  C          
Marl Pennant – Macrodiplax balteata    C, H, S, W           
Straw-colored Sylph – Macrothemis inacuta    C, H, S           
Hyacinth Glider – Miathyria marcella    C, H, S, W           
Spot-tailed Dasher – Micrathyria aequalis    C, H, W           
Three-striped Dasher – Micrathyria didyma    C, H, W            
Caribbean Dasher - Micrathyria dissocians    H           
Thornbush Dasher – Micrathyria hagenii    C*, H, S, W           
Carmine Skimmer – Orthemis discolor    C, H, S, W           
Roseate Skimmer – Orthemis ferruginea    C, H, S, W           
Blue Dasher – Pachydiplax longipennis    C, H, S, W           
Wandering Glider – Pantala flavescens    C, H, S, W           
Spot-winged Glider – Pantala hymenaea    C, H, S, W          
Slough Amberwing – Perithemis domitia    C, H           
Eastern Amberwing – Perithemis tenera    C, H, S, W
Mexican Scarlet-tail-- Planiplax sanguiniventris  H           
Common Whitetail – Plathemis lydia    H, S           
Filigree Skimmer – Pseudoleon superbus    C, H, S           
Variegated Meadowhawk – Sympetrum corruptum    C, H, S, W           
Arch-tipped Glider -- Tauriphila argo   H                      
Evening Skimmer – Tholymis citrina    C, H           
Vermilion Saddlebags – Tramea abdominalis    H           
Striped Saddlebags – Tramea calverti    C, H, S, W           
Antillean Saddlebags -- Tramea insularis   H           
Black Saddlebags – Tramea lacerata   C, H, S, W           
Red Saddlebags – Tramea onusta    C, H, S, W