Dragonflies in North Dakota

Around 40 species of dragonflies inhabit North Dakota. They all have different times of emerging in the course of a year. There are times when you see them appearing in large swarms. However, they are no cause of concern as they do no harm to humans. On the contrary, they do a lot of good by gobbling up notorious pests like mosquitoes and bugs. When they are hunting mosquitoes, you can see them skimming over the water surface of lakes, ponds, and rivers with their legs in a basket shape.

Types of Dragonflies in North Dakota

  • Widow Skimmer
  • Four-spotted Skimmer
  • Twelve-spotted Skimmer
  • Saffron-winged Meadowhawk
  • Black Meadowhawk
  • Cherry-faced Meadowhawk
  • Red-veined Meadowhawk
  • White-faced Meadowhawk
  • Striped Meadowhawk
  • Ruby Meadowhawk
  • Band-winged Meadowhawk
  • Variegated Meadowhawk
  • Autumn Meadowhawk
  • Eastern Pondhawk
  • Dot-tailed Whiteface
  • Belted Whiteface
  • Blue Dasher
  • Common Whitetail
  • American Emerald
  • Common Baskettail
  • Spiny Baskettail
  • Plains Emerald
  • Delicate Emerald
  • Plains Clubtail
  • Pronghorn Clubtail
  • Rusty Snaketail
  • Pale Snaketail
  • Horned Clubtail
  • Riverine Clubtail
  • Common Green Darner
  • Canada Darner
  • Variable Darner
  • Shadow Darner
  • Lance-tipped Darner
  • Lake Darner
  • Racket-tailed Emerald
  • Calico Pennant
  • Common Pondhawk
  • Chalk-fronted Corporal
  • Frosted Whiteface