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Ohio Odonata Society Dragonfly Monitoring

Main Project Information
Presented By Odonata Central
Goal No Goal was listed but it’s probably amazing
Task No Task was listed but it’s probably doable
Where Ohio United States

The Ohio Odonata Society needs you to send in photos and specimens of dragonflies and damselflies in Ohio to help advance our understanding of these beautiful creatures.

Volunteers can submit photographs documenting new county or state records of dragonflies and damselflies in Ohio. Once accepted, the photographs will be listed in the project database of nearly 28,000 specimens, published literature citations, and photos.

Many dragonfly and damselfly species simply cannot be identified without placing them under a microscope where detailed examinations can be performed. You can help by collecting and sending in your specimens. The physical collection of living insects is not for everyone, but it is a viable and biologically sound practice if done according to sound scientific principles. Furthermore, some species are very, very, hard to confidently identify from a photo and thus require microscopic examinations. Finally, genetic review in some cases is teaching us that some species are actually two different species!

This is your chance to help promote knowledge and appreciation of dragonflies and damselflies in Ohio!

How to Join

To submit photos, contact:

Dr. Tom Schultz
Department of Biology, Denison University
Granville, OH 43023

To learn how to collect specimens, visit If you have specimens that you would be willing to share data from, contact:

Robert C. Glotzhober
Senior Curtor, Natural History, Ohio Historical Society
1982 Velma Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211-2497

Required Gear

For collecting specimens, you will need a set of cards or paper slips on which to write temporary labels; a pencil or pen (with indelible ink!); envelopes or bags in which to place the specimens; a sturdy container to keep the specimens from being crushed; a collecting net; and acetone. You should also bring a field notebook. A global positioning system (GPS) device is optional.

For photos, you will need a camera.

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity While fishing, At the beach, On a walk, run, On a hike
Tags bugs, dragonflies, dragonfly
Project Updated 05/23/2018