Dragonflies in Florida

As many as 67 species of dragonflies live in Florida. It is because the state receives a large amount of rainfall, especially along the coast. They are beneficial insects as they eat up annoying bugs like mosquitoes and flies right from their larval stage. One of the smallest dragonflies of North America, the little blue dragonlet is found here. The Carolina saddlebags is among the larger species of the insect. The state also houses a spectacular bright red dragonfly, the scarlet skimmer.

Dragonfly season in Florida is throughout the year, thanks to its warm climate. The migratory species breed in fall and early winter. The pictures help in the identification of the different types found here.

Types of Dragonflies in Florida

  • Common Green Darner
  • Great Pondhawk
  • Black Saddlebags
  • Band-winged Dragonlet
  • Red Saddlebags
  • Eastern Amberwing
  • Halloween Pennant
  • Scarlet Skimmer
  • Blue Dasher
  • Gray-green Clubtail
  • Four-spotted Pennant
  • Ornate Pennant
  • Blue-faced Darner
  • Regal Darner
  • Florida Baskettail
  • Eastern Pondhawk
  • Seaside Dragonlet
  • Little Blue Dragonlet
  • Metallic Pennant
  • Needham’s Skimmer
  • Marl Pennant
  • Carolina Saddlebags
  • Roseate Skimmer
  • Antillean Skimmer
  • Great Blue Skimmer
  • Regal Darner
  • Twilight Darner

Dragonflies by Colors

Red Dragonflies: Scarlet Skimmer, Red Saddlebags

Blue Dragonflies: Blue Dasher, Great Blue Skimmer, Little Blue Dragonlet

Orange Dragonflies: Needham’s Skimmer

Green Dragonflies: Great Pondhawk, Common Green Darner

Dragonflies by Regions

South Florida Dragonflies: Great Pondhawk