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Ontario Odonata

Paul D. Pratt

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This site was created in 1999 because of the increasing public interest in dragonflies, expectations of a new North American field guide and the start of a new annual odonate summary by the Toronto Entomologists Association. Corrections and additions to these regional lists are welcome.

The following lists include all 172 species of damselflies and dragonflies recorded in Ontario with regional lists for the following counties in the southwestern portion of the province:  Essex, Chatham-Kent, Lambton, Elgin, Middlesex, Huron, Grey and Bruce. Over sixty photographs are available by clicking on underlined text in the lists.

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Sources for the data include my own records (since 1982), Checklist of Odonata of Pinery Provincial Park (1998), Skevington and Carmichael's checklist for north Lambton County (1997), Steward and Carmichael's list for Elgin County (1993), the Ontario Natural Heritage Information Centre's Atlas of Ontario Odonata (1999), Catling and Brownell's Damselflies (Zygoptera) in Ontario from 1900 to 1952 (1997), Walker's three volumes on the Odonata of Canada (1953, 1958, 1975), Ontario Odonata, Volumes 1 (2000), 2 (2001), 3 (2002), 4 (2004), 5 (2004), 6 (2005) and 7 (2007).

Many new publications on damselflies and dragonflies have appeared in recent years. These include:

Ian Carmichael's Photo Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Southwestern Ontario was published by the Friends of Pinery Park in 2002 (ISBN 1-895212-06-5). This booklet illustrates 28 dragonflies and 31 damselflies commonly found in southwestern Ontario. It can be obtained at park book stores in Ojibway Park, Pinery, Rondeau and Point Pelee.

Field Giuide to The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Algonquin Provincial Park and Surrounding Area. 2008. by Colin Jones et al is available from The Friends of Algonquin.

Paul Catling and Vivian Brownell's Damselflies and Dragonflies of Ontario: Resource Guide and Annotated List, 2000 (197 pp.) contains a wealth of information. Copies may be purchased for $40 from the Toronto Entomological Association.

Ontario Odonata, Volume 1. 2000. Paul M. Catling, Colin Jones and Paul Pratt (eds.) 153 pp.
Ontario Odonata, Volume 2. 2001. Paul M. Catling, Colin Jones and Paul Pratt (eds.) 186 pp.
Ontario Odonata, Volume 3. 2002. Paul M. Catling, Colin Jones and Paul Pratt (eds.) 208 pp.
Ontario Odonata, Volume 4. 2004. Paul M. Catling, Colin Jones and Paul Pratt (eds.) 216 pp.
Ontario Odonata, Volume 5. 2004. Paul M. Catling, Colin Jones and Paul Pratt (eds.) 145 pp.
Ontario Odonata, Volume 6. 2005. Paul M. Catling, Colin Jones and Paul Pratt (eds.) 202 pp.
Ontario Odonata, Volume 7. 2007. Paul M. Catling, Colin Jones and Paul Pratt (eds.) 226 pp.
These annual summaries are published by the Toronto Entomological Association, 34 Seaton Drive, Aurora, ON   L4G 2K1. Each volume costs $25 (US$25) incl. taxes and shipping.

Information is also available from states adjacent to Ontario at the Michigan Odonata Survey and Ohio Odonata Society.

The excellent publication Damselflies of the Northeast by Ed Lam was published in 2004 and available through the author's web site at http://homepage.mac.com/edlam . Cost is $20 US plus shipping.

Larry Rosche. 2002. Dragonflies and Damselflies of Northeast Ohio illustrates 124 species of dragonflies and damselflies. It is available from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106 for $18.95 US plus $5 shipping.

Glotzhober, R.C. and D. McShaffrey (Editors). 2002. The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Ohio. Ohio Biological Survey Bulleting New Series Volume 14 Number 2. ix + 364 p. $40 US plus $6 shipping and handling.

James Curry. 2002. Dragonflies of Indiana. ISBN 1-883362-11-3. 303 pp. 259 color photos. Cost is $32 US plus $8 shipping from Indiana Academy of Sciences.

The Oxford University Press field guide, Dragonflies Through Binoculars: A Field Guide to Dragonflies of North America, by Sid Dunkle was released in 2001.

Beginner's Guide to Dragonflies by Blair Nikula, Jackie Sones. A Stokes Guide. This is a pocket sized photographic guide to more than 100 species of dragonflies and damselflies commonly found in the USA. It covers the majority of common dragonflies and damselflies found in southwestern Ontario (including 80% of all the species recorded from the Ojibway Prairie in Windsor).


Contributors: Anne Barbour, Jo Barten, Peter Bondy, Peter Burke, Ian Carmichael, Paul Catling, Karen Cedar, Allen Chartier, Cathy Crowell, Bob Curry, Paul Desjardins, David D'hondt, Kristen Fawdry, Bonnie Foley, Glenn Gervais, Tom Hince, Thomas Hurst, Colin Jones, Russell Jones, Tom Knight, Carol Kopchuk, Sarah Kuipers, Jeff Larson, Betty Learmouth, Chris Lewis, Blake Mann, Robin McLeod, Sue Morrison, Mike Oldham, Steve Pike, John Pilkington, Erin Pocock, Tom Preney, Doug Sheepway, Elaine Sinnott, Jeff Skevington, Amy Tesolin, Ann White, Chad Wickens, Robert Wickett and Allen Woodliffe.


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