"messengers of summer and heralds of the sun" - H. Lons, poet and zoologist

Welcome to the California On-line Dragonfly Guide, the companion to our Common Dragonflies of California, A Beginner's Pocket Guide.
Here you will find links to information & photos of all the dragonflies and damselflies found in California,
and also information on books and general information about dragonflies.
Please scroll down the page to find the links that interest you. - Kathy Biggs, site creator

The on-line guide is located below the links to dragonfly guides and essentials.
Below the guide links are other links to information about their life cycles, sightings and to other CA related dragonfly websites.

Books and equipment: (click image to learn more about it, use your back button to return)

Revision of CA's 1st dragonfly guide:
Common Dragonflies of California
A Beginner's Pocket Guide
(Revised Edition 2009)

by Kathy Biggs

100 species - ONLY $9.95
Dragonflies and Damselflies of California

by Tim Manolis 2003
4-1/2 x 7-1/4"
Dragonflies of California and the Greater Southwest
A Beginner's Guide

by Kathy Biggs - MARCH 2012

Price $5.95: Includes damselflies
Click above book cover to buy from (Kindle app) or buy from Barnes and Noble (Nook app).

NOW Available
Dragonflies of the Greater Southwest
Includes ALL the species of dragonflies found in California

by Kathy Biggs

June 2015

Dragonflies of North America,
A Color and Learn Book
with Activities
(also available on a CD)

by Kathy Biggs and Tim Manolis - 2006
Includes damselflies

BELOMO 10x Triplet, Loupe & lanyard

Useful for seeing those tiny dragonfly parts!


- New - Build a Pond for Wildlife

by Kathy Biggs March 2012
Attract dragonflies to your yard!
NEW! Click image above to buy on a CD
or use links below to buy as an eBook (May 2012)
Click here to buy it as a Kindle app at
or here to buy it as a Nook app from Barnes and Noble

Common Dragonflies of the Southwest,
A Beginner's Pocket Guide

by Kathy Biggs 2004

Buy directly from us, using the links above
(all ship within 2 days and the Pocket Guide series books are signed by the author)
Or order thru
by clicking on the name of the book to the right that you wish to buy.

Common Dragonflies of California
Dragonflies and Damselflies of California
Dragonflies of North America, Color and Learn
Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West
Build a Pond for Wildlife

Enter the on-line guide below.
First decide whether you want to look at Dragonflies or Damselflies,
then click on the image or the word to be taken to either the Dragonfly or the Damselfly site.

page #s used in the on-line guide refer to the page # for the species in
Common Dragonflies of California
A Beginner's Pocket Guide
, revised edition 2009 by Kathy Biggs
In the center, between the dragonfly on the left, and the damselfly on the right is a magnifying glass. Use this link to key out photos of dragonflies and damselflies, or in-hand live dragonflies. This is a GREAT way to begin learning the field marks for each species.
This site is 100% privately maintained.
If you've found it helpful,
a donation to help keep in on the web would be appreciated,
thanks! K. Biggs
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Click here to go to the
descriptive and photographic
pages for
anisoptera, dragonfly

Heavy-bodied; usually larger than damselflies
wings held open when perched
eyes very close together
strong fliers
about 60 species
pages 10-75


Click here to go to the
identification 'key' - use to
identify a dragonfly or damselfly
in hand or from a photo at home


Click above to open and use at home.
Alternately, open and print this
PDF version

to take into the field as an aid in making dragonfly identifications.
Click here to go to the
descriptive and photographic
pages for
zygoptera, damselfly

Slender-bodied, most smaller than dragonflies
wings held together when perched
eyes far apart
weak flyers
about 40 species
pates 76- 110

Click here to download a PDF Checklist of California Dragonfly Species (198kb).
Be certain to set your printer to landscape orientation before printing out this tri-fold, double-sided checklist.

Download a PDF key to California's Migratory Dragonflies
This should be printed out landscape, and is best printed back to back on cardstock (769kb).

Links to other websites with Ode images taken within California
Sightings by Year Click here to access dragonfly sightings:
2015 , 2014 , 2013 , 2012 , 2011 , 2010 , 2009 , 2008 , 2007 , 2006 , 2005 , 2004 , 2003 , 2002 , 2001 , 2000 1999 & 1998 Sightings are available in the CalOdes Yahoo Group site's Files section.
Click here for a short history of Dragonflies in California

To join the CalOdes dragonfly discussion group, click on this Yahoo! button.

A Facebook Western Odonata group was formed in 2013. Click on image above link to check it out!

Click here to see a list of dragonfly related

Click here to go to Kathy Biggs' Press Kit with links to newspaper articles and reviews, etc.

Click here to go to Dragonfly FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Click here to go to a series of photos depicting the dragonfly life cycle.
&/or click here for more emergence images/stories.
Clicking on the first link below will take you to an essay with photos providing some general information on dragonflies,
while the 2nd link will take you to info more about watching dragonflies as a hobby:
1. Damsels and Dragons - the Insect Order Odonata (Ron Lyons)
2. Odes for Beginners
Both these are good starting places for anyone who wants to learn basic information about dragonflies and damselflies and the next link gives information and links to the hobby of dragonfly watching

Dragonfly hotspots in CA!

Click here to see a list and info on places to go to find dragonflies in California

Click here to read the article An Interview with Kathy Biggs, on Dragonflies, Dragonfly Ponds and how She Became an Author
Chick here to visit our Bigsnest Wildlife Pond Website.
On this website you will find information on building a pond to attract dragonflies and other wildlife. Enjoy! - Kathy Biggs

POND 2004

This site is proud to have been selected for the following award:

I'm glad you enjoy the dragonflies and damselflies too! THANK- YOU for visiting!!
Email Kathy by clicking here

This page has been accessed times since Aug 28, 1998. Thank-you for your interest.

Kathy Biggs, Azalea Creek Publishing

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