A Checklist of the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Ottawa-Gatineau

(2008 update)

Bob Bracken and Christina Lewis

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DAMSELFLIES, Suborder ZYGOPTERA
Broad-winged Damsels, Family Calopterygidae (2 species)
××River Jewelwing
Calopteryx aequabilis Say, 1839
Sm Sl,Fs  l.May–e.AugU
××Ebony Jewelwing
C. maculata (Beauvois, 1805)
Sm Sl,Fs Sh l.May–m.SepC
Spreadwings, Family Lestidae (9 species)
××Spotted Spreadwing
Lestes congener Hagen, 1861
Pd Ma,Fe St Sa  m.Jul–l.Oct U,L
××Northern Spreadwing
L. disjunctus Selys, 1862
Pd,Sm Ma,Sw St   m.Jun–m.SepC
××Emerald Spreadwing
L. dryas Kirby, 1890
Pd Ma,Sw St  Sh m.Jun–m.AugU
××Amber-winged Spreadwing
L. eurinus Say, 1839
La,Pd Ma St Sa m.Jun–m.Aug S,L
××Sweetflag Spreadwing
L. forcipatus Rambur, 1842
La,Pd Ma St Sa  m.Jul–m.Sep S,L
××Elegant Spreadwing
L. inaequalis Walsh, 1862
La,Pd Ma St   l.Jun–l.Jul S,L
××Slender Spreadwing
L. rectangularis Say, 1839
Pd,Sm Ma,Sw St  Sh e.Jun–m.Sep C
××Lyre-tipped Spreadwing
L. unguiculatus Hagen, 1861
Pd Ma StTI  e.Jul–l.Sep U,L
××Swamp Spreadwing
L. vigilax Hagen in Selys, 1862
La,Pd Ma,Sw St Sa  l.Jun–e.Aug S,L
Pond Damsels, Family Coenagrionidae (22 species)
××Eastern Red Damsel
Amphiagrion saucium (Burm., 1839)
Sm Fe Sl  Cw,Se m.Jun–l Jul R,L
××Violet Dancer
Argia fumipennis violacaea (Burmeister, 1839)
La,Sm  Sl Ro Ca m.Jun–e.Sep C,L
××Powdered Dancer
A. moesta Hagen, 1861
La,Sm  Sl,Fs Ro Ms e.Jun–m.Sep C
××Aurora Damsel
Chromagrion conditum (Selys, 1867)
Ri,Sm  Sl  Cw e.Jun–m.Jul U,L
××Taiga Bluet
Coenagrion resolutum (Selys, 1867)
Pd Ma,Sw St,Sl  Sh m.May–l.Jun C
××Northern Bluet
Enallagma annexum (Charpentier, 1840)
Pd  St Sa,Tl  m.May-m.Sep C,L
××Rainbow Bluet
E. antennatum (Say, 1839)
La,Ri  Sl  Ca,Wa e.Jun–e.Jul U,L
× Azure Bluet
E. aspersum (Hagen, 1861)
La,Pd Ma,Fe St Sa Ca e.Jul–l.Aug R,L
××Boreal Bluet
E. boreale Selys, 1875
La,Pd Ma,Fe St,Sl Tl Ca e.May–m.Aug U,L
××Tule Bluet
E. carunculatum Morse, 1895
La,Ri Ma Sl Sa  l.May–e.Oct U,W
× Familiar Bluet
E. civile (Hagen, 1861)
La,Pd Ma St Ip,Sa Ca e.Jun–m.Oct U,W
××Marsh Bluet
E. ebrium (Hagen, 1861)
Pd,Sm Ma St,Sl Tl Ca l.May–e. Sep C,W
××Stream Bluet
E. exsulans (Hagen, 1861)
La,Sm Ma Sl  Wa m.Jun–m.Sep U
××Skimming Bluet
E. geminatum Kellicott, 1895
La,Sm Ma Sl   l.Jun–m.Sep U,L
××Hagen’s Bluet
E. hageni (Walsh, 1863)
La,Sm Ma Sl  Or,Ms l.May -m.Aug C,W
××Orange Bluet
E. signatum (Hagen,1861)
La,Ri Ma Sl  Or e.Jun–m.Sep U
××Vernal Bluet
E. vernale (Gloyd, 1943)
La,Pd Ma,Fe St  Cw e.May–l.Jul U,L
××Vesper Bluet
Enallagma vesperum Calvert, 1919
La,Sm Ma Sl  Sh l.Jun–l.Aug U,L
××Fragile Forktail
Ischnura posita (Hagen, 1861)
Pd,Sm Ma Sl  Sh,Or m.May- l.Aug U,L
××Eastern Forktail
I. verticalis (Say, 1839)
La,Pd Ma,Fe St,Sl  Or e.May–e.Oct C,W
××Sphagnum Sprite
Nehalennia gracilis Morse, 1895
 Fe,Bo St Po Cw,Or e.Jul–m.Jul VR,L
××Sedge Sprite
N. irene (Hagen, 1861)
Pd,Sm Ma,Fe St,Sl Tl Or l.May–e.Sep C,W

DRAGONFLIES, Suborder ANISOPTERA
Darners, Family Aeshnidae (15 species)
××Canada Darner
Aeshna canadensis Walker, 1908
La,Pd Ma,Fe St,Sl  Or m.Jul–m.Oct C,W
× Mottled Darner
A. clepsydra Say, 1839
La,Pd Ma,Fe   Cw,Or m.Jun–m.Sep VR
××Lance-tipped Darner
A. constricta Say, 1839
Pd,Sm Ma Sl  Or e.Jul–l. Sep C,W
××Lake Darner
A. eremita Scudder, 1866
La,Pd Ma Sl  Or m.Jul–m.Sep U,L
××Variable Darner
A. interrupta Walker, 1908
Pd,Sm Ma,Fe Sl  Or e.Aug–e.Sep U,W
××Black-tipped Darner
A. tuberculifera Walker, 1908
La,Pd Ma,Fe Sl Ip Or e.Jul–m.Sep U,W
××Shadow Darner
A. umbrosa Walker 1908
Pd,Sm  Sl  Sh e.Jul–l.Sep U,W
××Green-striped Darner
A. verticalis Hagen, 1861
La,Pd Ma,Fe   Cw,Or m.Jul–m.Sep VR
××Common Green Darner
Anax junius (Drury, 1773)
La,Pd Ma St Sa,Tl  l.Apr–m.Oct C,W,I
××Springtime Darner
Basiaeschna janata (Say, 1839)
Ll,Sm  Sl,Fs Ro Sh m.May–e.Jul U,L
××Ocellated Darner
Boyeria grafiana Williamson, 1907
Ri,Sm  Ra Ip,Ro Wa m.Jun–l.Aug S,L
××Fawn Darner
B. vinosa (Say, 1839)
Sm  Ra Ip,Ro Sh e.Jul–m.Sep U,L
 ×Swamp Darner
Epiaeschna heros (Fabricus, 1798)
Pd Sw St  Sh,Se ? Jul–? Aug VR,L
××Harlequin Darner
Gomphaeschna furcillata (Say, 1839)
Pd Fe Sl Cw m.Jun–? VR,L
××Cyrano Darner
Nasiaeschna pentacantha (Rambur, 1842)
La,Sm Sw Sl  Sh,Or l.May–e.Jul S,L
Clubtails, Family Gomphidae (23 species)
××Horned Clubtail
Arigomphus cornutus (Tough, 1900)
La,Pd Ma St,Sl  Or m.May–e.Jul U,L
××Lilypad Clubtail
A. furcifer (Hagen in Selys, 1878)
Pd,Sm Ma Sl   m.Jun–m.Jul S,L
××Black-shouldered Spinyleg
Dromogomphus spinosus Selys, 1854
La,Ri  Sl,Fs Ro,Be Wa m.Jun–l.Sep U,W
××Moustached Clubtail
Gomphus adelphus Selys, 1858
La,Ri  Ra Be  m.Jun–m.Jul S,L
××Beaverpond Clubtail
G. borealis Needham, 1901
Pd,Sm  Sl  Or l.Jun–l.Jul R
××Harpoon Clubtail
G. descriptus Banks, 1896
Ri,Sm  Ra Ip  m.Jun–m.Jul S,L
××Lancet Clubtail
G. exilis Selys, 1854
La,Ri Ma Sl   e.Jun–m.Sep C,W
××Midland Clubtail
G. fraternus Say, 1839
Ll,Ri Ma Fs Be Ca,Wa m.Jun–e.Jul S,L
××Ashy Clubtail
G. lividus Selys 1854
Ri,Sm  Sl Ro  m.Jun–e.Jul R
× Rapids Clubtail
G. quadricolor (Walsh, 1863)
Sm  Fs   m.Jun–m.JulR,L
××Dusky Clubtail
G. spicatus Hagen in Selys, 1854
La,Pd Ma Sl   e.May–m.Jul C,W
××Cobra Clubtail
Gomphus vastus (Walsh, 1862)
Ll,Lr   Be Wa l.Jun–m.Jul R,L
××Skillet Clubtail
G. ventricosus (Walsh, 1863)
Ri     m.Jun–? VR,.
××Dragonhunter
Hagenius brevistylus Selys, 1854
Ri,Sm Sw Sl,Fs Ro Wa l.May–e.Sep U,L
 ×Extra-striped Snaketail
Ophiogomphus anomalus Harvey, 1898
Ri  Fs Be  l.Jun–e.Aug VR,.
 ×Boreal Snaketail
O. colubrinus Selys, 1854
Sm  Fs Be,Sa Cw m.Jun–e.Sep VR
 ×Maine Snaketail
O. mainensis Packard in Walsh, 1863
Sm  Fs Ro Sh m.Jun–m.Jul R,L
××Rusty Snaketail
O. rupinsulensis (Walsh, 1862)
Sm  Fs  Ms l.Jun – l.Aug R,L
××Eastern Least Clubtail
Stylogomphus albistylus (Hagen in Selys, 1878)
Sm  Fs,Ra Ro l.Jun–e.Aug S,L
 ×Riverine Clubtail
Stylurus amnicola (Walsh, 1862)
Ri  Fs Be  l.Jun–m.Jul VR
××Elusive Clubtail
S. notatus (Rambur, 1842)
Ll,Lr     l.Jun–e.Jul R,W
××Zebra Clubtail
S. scudderi (Selys, 1873)
Ri,Sm  Fs,Ra Ro,Be Cw m.Jul–l.Aug R,L
××Arrow Clubtail
S. spiniceps (Walsh, 1862)
La,Ri  Fs Ro  m.Jul–l.Aug VR,L
Spiketails, Family Cordulegastridae (3 species)
××Delta-spotted Spiketail
Cordulegaster diastatops (Selys, 1854)
Sm  Fs Ip Cw e.Jun–l.Jun S
××Twin-spotted Spiketail C. maculata (Selys, 1854) Sm  Fs Ip Sh e.Jun–l.Jun S
××Arrowhead Spiketail
C. obliqua Say, 1839
Sm  Fs  Sh e.Jun–e.Jul R,L
××Stream Cruiser
Didymops transversa (Say, 1839)
La,Ri  Sl  Sh,Wa l.May–m.Jul U,W
××Swift River Cruiser
Macromia illinoiensis (Walsh, 1862)
La,Ri  Fs  Wa m.Jun -m.Aug U
Emeralds, Family Cordulida (18 species)
××American Emerald
Cordulia shurtleffi Scudder, 1866
La,Pd Ma,Fe St Po Or e.May – m.Jul C,W
××Racket-tailed Emerald
Dorocordulia libera (Selys, 1871)
Pd Ma,Fe St Po Or m.May -l.Aug C,L
××Beaverpond Baskettail
Epitheca canis (McLachlan, 1886)
La,Pd Ma,Fe St Po Orl.Apr–l.Jun C,W
××Common Baskettail
E. cynosura (Say, 1839)
La,Sm Ma Sl  Or l.May–e.Aug C
××Prince Baskettail
E. princeps Hagen, 1861
La,Ri Ma St,Sl   e.Jun–m.Sep C,W
××Spiny Baskettail
E. spinigera (Selys, 1871)
La,Sm Ma Sl   m.May–m.Jul U
××Uhler’s Sundragon
Helocordulia uhleri (Selys, 1871)
La,Ri  Fs,Ra Ro Ms,Wa e.Jun–m.Jul S,L
××Stygian Shadowdragon
Neurocordulia yamaskanensis (Provencher, 1875)
La,Lr  Sl,Fs Ro Sh,Ms l.Jun–m.Jul S,L
××Ringed Emerald
Somatochlora albicincta (Burm., 1839)
Pd,Sm Fe,Bo Sl   Jun–? VR,.
××Ski-tipped Emerald
S. elongata (Scudder, 1866)
Pd,Sm  Sl,Fs   Jul–? VR
××Forcipate Emerald
S. forcipata (Scudder, 1866)
Sm Fe,Bo St Po Cw Jun–? VR
××Delicate Emerald
S. franklini (Selys, 1878)
Sm Fe,Bo St Po Cw,Or l.May -m.Aug S,L
××Kennedy’s Emerald
S. kennedyi Walker, 1918
Sm Fe,Bo Sl  Cw,Or e.Jun–m.Jul S,L
××Ocellated Emerald
S. minor Calvert in Harvey, 1898
La,Sm  Sl Ip Sh,Ms m.Jun–e.Aug S,L
 ×Clamp-tipped Emerald Somatochlora tenebrosa Say, 1839 Sm  Sl Ip Sh ? – Aug VR
××Brush-tipped Emerald
S. walshii Scudder, 1866
SmSw,FeSl  Or m.Jun–e.Aug S,L
××Williamson’s Emerald
S. williamsoni Walker, 1907
La,Sm  St  Sh e.Jun–m.Aug U,L
××Ebony Boghaunter
Williamsonia fletcheri Williamson, 1923
 Fe St Po Or m.May–m.Jul VR,L
Skimmers, Family Libellulidae (26 species)
××Calico Pennant
Celithemis elisa (Hagen, 1861)
La,Pd Ma St,Sl  Or m.Jun–m.Aug S
× Halloween Pennant
C. eponina (Drury, 1773)
La,Pd Ma St,Sl  Or e.Jul–m.Aug S
××Common Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis Say, 1839
La,Pd Ma St,Sl  Or m.Jun–m.Sep C
××Frosted Whiteface
Leucorrhinia frigida Hagen, 1890
Pd Fe St Po Or l.May–m.Jul U,L
××Crimson-ringed Whiteface
L. glacialis Hagen, 1890
Pd Fe,Bo St Po Or,Ms m.May–l.Jul U,L
××Hudsonian Whiteface
L. hudsonica (Selys, 1850)
Pd Fe,Bo St  Cw,Or m.May–m.Jun U,L
××Dot-tailed Whiteface
L. intacta (Hagen, 1861)
La,Pd Ma St  Or m.May–l.Aug C,W
××Belted Whiteface
L. proxima Calvert, 1890
Pd Ma St  Or m.May–l.Jul C
××Chalk-fronted Skimmer
Ladona julia Uhler, 1857
La,Pd Ma St  Or l.May -m.Aug C
××Slaty Skimmer
Libellula incesta Hagen, 1861
La,Pd Ma St,Sl  m.Jun–m.Aug U
××Widow Skimmer
L. luctuosa Burmeister, 1839
La,Pd Ma St   m.Jun–e.Sep C
××Twelve-spotted Skimmer
L. pulchella Drury, 1773
La,Pd Ma St,Sl  Ca m.May–m.Sep C,W
××Four-spotted Skimmer
Libellula quadrimaculataLinnaeus, 1758
La,Pd Ma St,Sl   m.May–m.Aug C,W
××Elfin Skimmer
Nannothemis bella (Uhler, 1857)
 Fe St Po Or e.Jun–l.Jun R,L
××Wandering Glider
Pantala flavescens (Fabr., 1798)
Pd  St Sa,Tl  l.Jun–l.Sep S,I
 ×Spot-winged Glider
P. hymenaea (Say, 1839)
Pd  St Sa,Tl e.Aug–e.Sep R,I
××Common Whitetail
Plathemis lydia Drury, 1773
La,Pd Ma St,Sl   l.May–l.Sep C,W
××Variegated Meadowhawk
Sympetrum corruptum (Hagen, 1861)
Pd  St Tl Or 17 Aug 1997 VR,I
××Saffron-winged Meadowhawk
S. costiferum (Hagen, 1861)
Pd Ma,Fe St Sa Sh l.Jun–e.Oct C,L
××Black Meadowhawk
S. danae (Sulzer, 1776)
Pd Ma,Fe St  Or ? Aug–m.Sep R,L
××Cherry-faced Meadowhawk
S. internum Montgomery, 1943
Pd,Sm Ma Sl Sa Sh e.Jul–l.Aug U,W
××White-faced Meadowhawk
S. obtrusum (Hagen, 1867)
Pd,Sm Ma St Sa  m.Jun–l.Sep C,W
 ×Ruby Meadowhawk
S. rubicundulum (Say, 1839)
Pd,Sm Ma St,Sl   l.Jun–e.Aug R,L
××Band-winged Meadowhawk
S. semicinctum (Say, 1839)
Pd,Sm Ma Sl   m.Jun–m.Sep U
××Autumn Meadowhawk
S. vicinum (Hagen, 1861)
Pd,Sm Ma Sl   m.Jun–l.Oct C,W
××Black Saddlebags
Tramea lacerata (Hagen, 1861)
Pd  St Sa,Tl l.Jun–e.Sep R,I