Dragonflies in Maryland

The dragonflies of Maryland can be divided into seven main families, namely, petaltails, clubtails, darners, river cruisers, spiketails, emeralds, and skimmers. On bright summer days, you can see them pointing their abdomens upwards, reducing their body surface area exposed to the sun.

Types of Dragonflies in Maryland

  • Gray Petaltail
  • Common Green Darner
  • Swamp Darner
  • Dragonhunter
  • Ashy Clubtail
  • Common Baskettail
  • Autumn Meadowhawk
  • Blue Dasher
  • Black Saddlebags
  • Common Whitetail
  • Eastern Amberwing
  • Eastern Pondhawk
  • Slaty Skimmer
  • Black-tipped Darner
  • Shadow Darner
  • Comet Darner
  • Springtime Darner
  • Fawn Darner
  • Cyrano Darner
  • Unicorn Clubtail
  • Black-shouldered Spinyleg
  • Eastern Ringtail
  • Cobra Clubtail
  • Appalachian Snaketail
  • Lancet Clubtail
  • Rapids Clubtail
  • Common Sanddragon
  • Sable Clubtail
  • Eastern Least Clubtail
  • Laura’s Clubtail
  • Arrow Clubtail
  • Brown Spiketail
  • Tiger Spiketail
  • Twin-spotted Spiketail
  • Stream Cruiser
  • Swift River Cruiser
  • Slender Baskettail
  • Prince Baskettail
  • Umber Shadowdragon
  • Mocha Emerald
  • Clamp-tipped Emerald
  • Calico Pennant
  • Halloween Pennant
  • Banded Pennant
  • Common Pondhawk
  • Blue Corporal
  • Golden-winged Skimmer
  • Bar-winged Skimmer
  • Spangled Skimmer
  • Yellow-sided Skimmer
  • Widow Skimmer
  • Needham’s Skimmer
  • Twelve-spotted Skimmer
  • Painted Skimmer
  • Great Blue Skimmer
  • Hyacinth Glider
  • Roseate Skimmer
  • Wandering Glider
  • Spot-winged Glider
  • Blue-faced Meadowhawk
  • Cherry-faced Meadowhawk
  • White-faced Meadowhawk
  • Ruby Meadowhawk
  • Band-winged Meadowhawk
  • Carolina Saddlebags
  • Red Saddlebags