THE DRAGONFLIES OF NEW MEXICO

A SIMPLIFIED ODONATA LIST
SHOWING DISTRIBUTION BY COUNTY

Compiled by
Robert R. Larsen


Updated July 24, 2005
Web page by KJ Herman
PLEASE NOTE: This site undergoes occasional updating and remodeling.
Any weird messages within the table is temporary (hopefully).
All the links work - I think, if not please let me know.
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(I believe Bitter Lake NWR official Odonata list is now up to 102,
the unofficial list may be at 115+)

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Map Notes Photo Credits


Families: Aeshnidae Gomphidae Cordulegastridae Macromiidae Corduliidae Libellulidae

Notes   County Key    County Map

The Anisoptera (Dragonflies)


Family Aeshnidae : Darners

Aeshna Mosaic Darners

Aeshna californica
California Darner
Male 4 Female 4 CH.
Aeshna constricta:
Lance-tipped Darner
Male1 Female1 CH.
Aeshna dugesi: Male Female ED, GR, LI, CH, OT.
Aeshna interrupta:
Variable Darner
Male1
Female1
Female green 4
SM.
Aeshna interrupta lineata: Male 4    
 
RA, SA, SI.
Aeshna juncea:
Sedge Darner
Female TA.
Aeshna multicolor:
Blue-eyed Darner
NMDN
Female1 Male2
GR, CA, CH, CO, DB, DA,
LE, LI, MO, OT, QU, BE,
RA, SJ, SM, SA, SF, SI, SO,
TA, UN, GU, ED, MC, VA,
RO, CU, LU.
Aeshna palmata:
Paddle-tailed Darner
Male 4 Female 4 RA, TA, MC, CA, CI, SM.
Aeshna persephone:
Persephone's Darner
Male GR, LI.
Aeshna umbrosa:
Shadow Darner
Male1 Female1 CO, ED, RA, SA.
Aeshna umbrosa umbrosa: ED, OT, LI.

Anax - Green Darners

Anax junius:
Common Green Darner
NMDN
F & M ovipositing 5
CA, CH, DA, ED, GR, RA,
SJ, SM, SI, SO, GU, DB,
CU, RO, LI, OT, LE, QU,
UN
Anax walsinghami:
Giant Darner
Male 4  Female 4  
Female top 4
CH, ED, OT.

Oplonaeshna Riffle Darner

Oplonaeshna armata:
Riffle Darner
Male 4 Female 4  CA, SM, SO, BE, GR,
OT, SI, LI.

Family Gomphidae: Club Tails

Dromogomphus Spinylegs

Dromogomphus spoliatus:
Flag-tailed Spinyleg
Male 1 CH.

Erpetogomphus - Ringtails

Erpetogomphus compositus:
White-belted Ringtail
Male 4 Female 4 CA, GR, CH.
Erpetogomphus crotalinus:
Yellow-legged Ringtail
  ED, CA, GR.
Erpetogomphus designatus:
Eastern Ringtail
Male   CH, ED, GU, SM, SO.
Erpetogomphus heterodon:
Dashed Ringtail
Male 6 CA, GR.
Erpetogomphus lampropeltis
lampropeltis:
Male 4 CA, GR.
Erpetogomphus lampropeltis natrix: Male 6 CA, GR.

Gomphus Common Clubtails

Gomphus externus:
Plains Clubtail
Female1 CH, ED, HA, SO, GU.
Gomphus militaris:
Sulphur-tipped Clubtail
NMDN   Male1 CH, ED, HA, SO, GU, UN

Ophiogomphus Snaketails

Ophiogomphus arizonicus:
Arizona Snaketail
Male & Female  CA, GR.
Ophiogomphus severus:
Pale Snaketail
Male 4 Female1 SM, CO, SA, LI, RA, SO,
TA, CH.
Ophiogomphus severus severus: SM, SA.

Phyllogomphoides Leaftails

Phyllogomphoides albrighti:
Five-striped Leaftail
Male GR, RA.
Phyllogomphoides stigmatus:
Four-striped Leaftail
Male  CH.

Progomphus Sanddragons

Progomphus borealis:
Gray Sanddragon
male 4 female 4
pair in wheel 4
CH, BE, DA, GR, GU.
Progomphus obscurus:
Common Sanddragon
Male1 CH, GU, QU.

Stylurus Hanging Clubtails

Stylurus intricatus:
Brimstone Clubtail
Sketches Male 4 Female 4 BE, CH, ED, SA.
Stylurus plagiatus:
Russet-tipped Clubtail
Male 4  Female 4 HI, GR, DA, OT, ED, LE.

Family Cordulegastridae:   Spiketails

Cordulegaster diadema:
Apache Spiketail
Female   GR.
Cordulegaster dorsalis:
Pacific Spiketail
Male 4 
Young Male 4  Female 4  
Desert Race
RA.

Family Macromiidae:  Cruisers

Macromia River Cruisers

Macroma annulata:
Bronzed River Cruiser
NMDN CH, DB, GU.

F amily Corduliidae:    Emeralds

Epitheca Baskettails

Epitheca costalis:
Stripe-winged Baskettail
Male Female RO.
Epitheca petechialis:
Dot-winged Baskettail
Male   CH, ED, GU, OT, UN, DB.

Neurocordulia Shadowdragons

Neurocordulia xanthsoma:
Orange Shawdowdragon

ED

Somatochlora Striped Emeralds

Somatochlora semicircularis:
Mountain Emerald
Male 4 Female 4 SM, TA.

F amily Libellulidae: Skimmers

Brachymesia Tropical Pennants

Brachymesia gravida:
Four-spotted Pennant
NMDN  Male   
Female  Juvenile
CH, ED, DB.

Brechmorhoga Clubskimmers

Brechmorhoga mendax:
Pale-faced Clubskimmer
Male 4 Male side 4
Female 4
ED, GR, OT, SI, CH, GU,
LI.

Celithemis Small Pennants

Celithemis eponina:
Holloween Pennant
NMDN  Male1 CH, DB, LI, UN, GU, OT.
Celithemis fasciata:
Banded Pennant
Male1  Male1  CH.

Dythemis Setwings

Dythemis fugax:
Checkered Setwing
Female1 CH, DB, ED, GU, GR.
Dythemis nigrescens:
Black Setwing
Male1 Female1 CH.
Dythemis velox:
Swift Setwing
NMDN Male 
im Female  
CH, ED, GU, DB.

Erythemis Pondhawks

Erythemis collocata:
Western Pondhawk
Male 4 Female 4
Young Male 4
CH, CA, CO, DB, DA, ED,
GR, GU, LE, OT, SJ, SM,
SA, SF, SO, TA, UN, LI,
MC, QU.
Erythemis simpliciollis:
Eastern Pondhawk
NMDN Male1 Female1
CH, LI, GU, UN.
Erythemis vesiculosa:
Great Pondhawk
Male1 CH, UN.

Erythrodiplax Dragonlets

Erythrodiplax berenice:
Seaside Dragonlet
Male1 Female1 CH, RA, GU.
Erythrodiplax berenice berenice:

  CH, GU
Erythrodiplax connata:

Female   CH, GR
Erythrodiplax minuscula:
Little Blue Dragonlet
Male1  Female1   CH.

Leucorrhinia Whitefaces

Leucorrhinia intacta:
Dot-tailed Whiteface

Male 4
Female-mature 4
Female-immature 4
SJ

Libelula King Skimmers

Libellula comanche:
Comanche Skimmer
Male 4 Males 4
Male-young 4
Female-side 4 Females 4
CH, ED, GU, DB, OT.
Libellula composita:
Bleach Skimmer
Males 4 Males 4
Pairs 4
CH, SO, ED, GU.
Libellula croceirpennis:
Neon Skimmer
Male 4 Male 4
Female-Top 4 Female-side 4
CH, GU, OT.
Libellula forensis:
Eight-spotted Skimmer
Male 4 Female 4
NewlyEmerged 4
BE, CH, CO, DA, MO,
SJ, SM.
Libellula luctuosa:
Widow Skimmer
Male1 Male 4
Young Male 4
Female 4
CH, GR, CO, ED, GU,
MO, OT, SJ, UN, QU,
DB, CU, LI.
Libellula lydia:
Common Whitetail
Male1 Female1
Male 4  Female 4
BE, CH, CO, GR, RA,
SJ, SM, SI, SO, UN, GU,
QU, SA.
Libellula nodisticta:
Hoary Skimmer
Male 4 Female 4
Tandem 4
CA, GR, LI, SM, SO.
Libellula pulchella:
Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Male 2, Male 1 Male 4
Female 4 Female 1
Immature Male 4
CH, LI, SO, CO, RA, SJ,
SM, SA, UN, GU, HI, ED,
SF.
Libellula quadrimaculata:
Four-spotted Skimmer
Male 1   Male 4  
Female 4
RA, SM, SA, SO, TA.
Libellula saturata:
Flame Skimmer
NMDN
Male 4 Male 4  
Female 4  Female 4
CH, LI, OT, CA, CO,
DB, DA, ED, GR, GU,
HA, HI, LE, LU, SJ, SM,
SF, SI, SO, TA, QU, OT,
SF,CU, RO, UN.
Libellula subornata:
Desert Whitetail
NMDN
Male 4    Female 4
CH, LI, BE, CO, GR, ED,
GU, DB, UN.

Macrodiplax Marl Pennant

Macrodiplax balteata:
Marl Pennant
Male 4   Female 4 CH, GU, ED, DB.

Orthemis Tropical King Skimmers

Orthemis discolor:
Orange-bellied Skimmer
Male  Male
Female
CH (Intermediate Form).
Orthemis ferruginea:
Roseate Skimmer
Males 4 WinterMales 4 Female 4

CH, ED, GR, SI, SO, DB,
GU, CU.



Pachdiplax Blue Dasher

Pachydiplax longipennis:
Blue Dasher
aka: Swift Long-Winged Skimmer
aka:  Blue Pirate
Male 1
Males 4 Male 4
MaleEmerging 4  
Females 4
FemaleEmerging 4      
Female 1
OT, CH, DB, DA, ED,
GR, HI, LE, QU, SJ,
SM, SI, SO, LI, UN,
GU, SA.

Paltothemis Rock Skimmers

Paltothemis lineatipes:
Red Rock Skimmer
aka: Rusty Skimmer
Male 4 Female 4 CA, CH, ED, GR, OT, LI.

Pantala Rainpool Gliders

Pantala flavescens:
Wandering Glider
Male 1 Female 1 CH, ED, HI, RA, SI, GU,
DB, RO, LU, CU, LI.
Pantala hymenaea:
Spot-winged Glider
Male 1 Female 1   
Emerging 4
CH, DA, OT, SM, LE,
ED, SA, SI, SO, UN,
GU, LI, LU, CU, DB.

Perithemis Amberwings

Perithemis domitia:
Slough Amberwing
Male 1  Female CH
Perithemis intensa:
Mexican Amberwing
Male 4  Female 4 HI, GR.
Perithemis tenera:
Eastern Amberwing
Male 1  Male&Female
Male&Female  
CH, DA, ED, LI, LE,
SM, SI, SO, UN, GU,
GR, QU, CU.

Pseudoleon Filigree Skimmer

Pseudoleon superbus:
Filigree Skimmer
NMDN Female 1
Male 4
Female 4 
DA, GR, OT, CH, ED,
DB.

Sympetrum Meadowhawks

Sympetrum corruptum:
Variegated Meadowhawk

Male 1 Male 4
Wheel 4
Female 4    Female 1
BE, CA, CH, CO, DB,
DA, ED, GR, LE, MO,
RO, LI, GU, OT, QU,
RA, SJ, SM, SA, SI, SO,
TA, UN, VA, HI, LU, SF, CU.
Sympetrum costiferum:
Saffron-wing Meadowhawk
Male1 Female1
Pair
ED.
Sympetrum danae:
Black Meadowhawk
Male 4  
emergedMales 4   Female 4   Pair
CO, SJ, SM, SA, TA.
Sympetrum illotum:
Cardinal Beadowhawk|
Male 4    Female 4
Female 4   eggs 4
emergence 4
CH, GR, OT, RA, SA, SO.
Sympetrum internum:
Cherry-faced Meadowhawk
Pair 1 Female 4 RA, SA.
Sympetrum obtrusum:
White-faced Meadowhawk
Male 1 Female 1  
Pair 4
SA, SO, CA, CI, MC, SM.
Sympetrum occidentale:
Western Meadowhawk
Male 4   Female 4
Female 4 w/eggs
DB, MO, RA, SM, SA, TA,
CH, QU, SJ, SI, SO.
Sympetrum occidentale occidentale:

SA.
Sympetrum occidentale fasciatum:

CH.
Sympetrum pallipes:
Striped Meadowhawk
Male4
imm Male Female
CO, GU, LI, MC, MO,
RA, SM, SA, TA, CH, CI
.
Sympeturm semicinctum:
Band-winged Meadowhawk
Male  Male
SO, LI.
Sympetrum signiferum:
Spot-winged Meadowhawk
Male Female CH.
Sympetrum vicinum:
Autum Meadowhawk
aka: Yellow-legged Meadowhawk
NMDN
Male 1 Female 1
Male 4  
Teneral Female 4
CH, DB, GU, ED, OT.

Tramea Saddlebags

Tramea lacerata:
Black Saddlebags
Male 1    Male 4  
Female 4 
LI, LE, OT, CH, DB, DA,
ED, GU, MO, SM,
SO, UN, GR, SA, RO.
Tramea onusta:
Red Saddlebags
Male 5 Male 6 DA, CH, ED, GR, GU,
SM, UN, LI.



Distribution Key for the New Mexico Counties

BE: BERNALILLO HA: HARDING RO: ROOSEVELT
CA: CATRON HI: HIDALGO SA: SANDOVAL
CH: CHAVES LA: LOS ALAMOS SF: SANTA FE
CI: CIBOLA LE: LEA SI: SIERRA
CO: COLFAX LI: LINCOLN SJ: SAN JUAN
CU: CURRY LU: LUNA SM: SAN MIGUEL
DA: DONA ANA MC: McKINLEY SO: SOCCARO
DB: DE BACA MO: MORA TA: TAOS
ED: EDDY OT: OTERO TO: TORRANCE
GR: GRANT QU: QUAY UN: UNION
GU: GUADALUPE RA: RIO ARRIBA VA: VALENCIA


[S.E. NM]: SOUTHEASTERN NEW MEXICO **
[S.W. NM]: SOUTHWESTERN NEW MEXICO **

** SEE NOTES

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To contact Robert Larsen: roblrsn@yahoo.com

Robert R. Larsen Cooperative Research Biologist
(Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge Odonata Survey)
Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 7, Roswell, New Mexico 88202-0007


THE DRAGONFLIES OF NEW MEXICO NOTES

Dr. Mary Alice Evans published a checklist of New Mexican Odonates in the 1995 Proceedings of the Denver museum of Natural History. Her checklist remains the only major work on New Mexican Odonata showing 60 species of Anisopterans (Dragonflies). Here, added to Mary Alice's list, are those species recorded in a little known work by Harold B. Freshley on the Upper Pecos Watershed in 1945 (University of New Mexico Thesis). Freshley's species were confirmed by the distinguished Florida Odonatologist Dr. C. Francis Byers in May 1945.

Also added are species previously collected and recorded for New Mexico by Dr. John C. Abbott and Kenneth W. Stewart published in the Entomological News, May and June 1998. New state and county records (those confirmed to date) have been added from the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge Odonata Survey (1998), and the Lincoln County Odonata Survey (1998). The Bitter Lake Survey is a voluntary cooperative research project with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. New state records of species collected by Gordon Warrick the Refuge Biologist have been added to this list.

The Lincoln County specimens were confirmed by Dr. John C. Abbott and are in the Odonata collections at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. Bitter Lake specimens were confirmed by Dr. John C. Abbott of the Stroud Water Research Center; Dr. Oliver S. Flint, Jr. of the U.S. National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution; and Dr. Thomas W. Donnelly, State University of New York, and Director of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas.

Species collected in 1995 by William Maufray, Managing Director of the international Odonata Research Institute, have been added to this list. This brings the known and confirmed species of Dragonflies (Anisoptera) in New Mexico to 91.

[ ** On the list of dragonflies of New Mexico there were some that were taken in New Mexico for which no specific location was listed. Dr. John C. Abbott listed some for southeastern New Mexico, but gave no specific location in his list. For those species I had just listed them for southwestern New Mexico. Then, again, William Mauffray from the International Odonata Research Institute had collected species in southwestern New Mexico, but gave no specific county. So I had just listed that one as southwestern New Mexico. ]

Robert R. Larsen Cooperative Research Biologist
(Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge Odonata Survey)
Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
4065 Bitter Lakes Rd., Roswell, New Mexico 88201

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Photo Credits:
1= Ode News ,
2 = Bill Radke, Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge (former Refuge Manager)
3=Gordon Warrick, Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
(A special THANK YOU to Cara Moscardelli, a volunteer at BLNWR during spring break 2000, who scanned, labeled and e-mailed the photos taken by Bill and Gordon.)
4 = Kathy Biggs' California Dragonflies & Damselflies & Southwest Dragonflies
5 = Dave Clary, amateur photographer of Roswell, New Mexico,
supporter of Bitter Lake NWR
6 = OC=Odonata Central

NMDN = New Mexico Dragonfly Notebook

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Families: Aeshnidae Gomphidae Corduliidae Libellulidae

Notes County Key County Map

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New Mexico Dragonfly Notebook New Mexico Damselfly List

Chaves County, NM, Damselfly List Lincoln County, NM, Odonata List

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