The Dragonfly ID app is a comprehensive and easy-to-use resource to find and identify dragonflies and damselflies across the US and Canada. Geared towards both the avid dragonfly-watcher, and beginners, Dragonfly ID will help you find spots to look for dragonflies near you, help you identify the dragonflies and damselflies you see in the field, and learn more about the species you find.

Additionally, Dragonfly ID enables users to easily view and submit Odonata sightings from the field. This important citizen science project enhance our understanding of Odonata distributions and abundances.

• View species lists for any location in the US or Canada based on sightings in the OdonataCentral database
• Filter to show recent sightings, or for any month(s) of the year
• Bar charts of seasonal abundance built from the OdonataCentral database of sightings
• Maps of recent sightings from OdonataCentral

• Use Smart Search to quickly identify a species by color, size and habitat
• Read descriptive text to help confirm the identification (contact us if you'd like to help!)
• View the crowd-sourced gallery of images (contribute your photos at

• Submit dragonfly sightings to OdonataCentral directly from the app (BUT SEE NOTE BELOW)
• Track your life list via the app for any region
• Sign in with an OdonataCentral account to see your sightings populate your life lists

NOTE: this first release of sighting submission has MAJOR limitations:
• Sightings cannot yet be edited after submission. We are working on it and it should be just a matter of a few weeks. In the meanwhile let us know if a sighting urgently needs to be edited or deleted.
• Currently sightings do NOT go to OdonataCentral, but they will at some point in the future (~1 year?). In the meanwhile they will be visible within the app in a different color than regular OC sightings.
• Sightings submitted through the app are NOT vetted by OC experts

Dragonfly ID is a collaboration between BirdsEye and the folks at OdonataCentral and the Xerces Society with special thanks to the membership of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas and users of OdonataCentral, the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership, and PondWatch for their data contributions.

What’s New

Version 2.1

Minor change to the major update below. Identical except that it restored photographs.

** MAJOR UPDATE: Please read before upgrading **

Complete re-design that is, we think, cleaner, more intuitive and easier to use:
* Zoomable photos
* Photos of every species in the continental US and Canada (We're still missing text for many species if you'd like to help.)
* Convenient regional lists
And ...
* Submit sightings from the app ... but PLEASE READ notes below!!

Sighting submission in this first release has major limitations to be aware of, most importantly that sightings cannot yet be edited after submission (we're working on it). Sightings submitted through the app are NOT regular OdonataCentral reports, are NOT vetted by experts. Sightings will be visible to the public via the app but NOT initially via the OdonataCentral website. Sightings will at some point in the future (~1 year?) integrate with the OC website. For now you can think of this as a feature that will help you keep track of your personal sightings. This app is a work in progress so you'll see improvements over the next few months.

Please DON'T submit junk sightings! If you want to test this functionality please use real sightings to do so. If you notice erroneous sightings let us know and we'll remove them.

Again, this is a first release of the new design and two features of the old version are still missing:
OdonataCentral life list sync; and
“Needs” lists based on your OdonataCentral life list

Those are on the “to do” list. Your comments and suggestions are welcome!

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
25 Ratings
25 Ratings
stupor mundi 2 ,

Crashes when “range” tapped

Most of the time, anyway, and a bug in definite need of squashing. Otherwise excellent. . ..

FAN4JG24 ,

Needs improvement

Should be able to submit a photo to search, if I knew the name I wouldn’t need an app

dmills727 ,

Was Very Helpful

My review below (which was rated 5 stars)was in reference to the version before the major update more than a year ago. The older version was more useful for me. In particular what I have been missing in this version for the past year+ has been the ability to look at any destination I might be traveling to and then look at locations in that area where users have reported dragonflies, click on that location and see what had been seen there filtered by timeframe (ie if I’m going to be there in mid-June reports from September are almost certainly not relevant).

In the current version since the revision it is no longer possible to look at a location to see what dragonflies have been found there. One must start by choosing a species to see where it has been found, but even then it is not possible to see what other species may have been found at the same location without going back to theist of species, choosing a different species and looking at its locations.

The old version was very useful for looking at the big picture of what might be flying in a given area at the time of a future trip so I could plan my side excursions for dragonfly outings when attending a class reunion, for example. The app is no longer very useful for that and I use it much less than I used to.

Dragonfly ID has helped me have a much more productive year in terms of whittling away at some of my Lifelist goals. I've been able to find and photograph several speciesi would not otherwise have found on my travels but also not far from home. It's not perfect but a very useful tool and still being developed so I'm looking forward to additional enhancements!


Birds in the Hand, LLC
136.5 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2016 Birds in the Hand, LLC


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