Dragonflies in Pennsylvania

The unpolluted aquatic habitats of Pennsylvania, including ponds, lakes, streams, rivers, swamps, marshes, vernal pools and glacial ponds has made the state a favorite with diverse species of dragonflies. So you should not be surprised to find some of the rarest species of the aerial predators in the state. 

Types of Dragonflies in Pennsylvania

  • Common Green Darner
  • Harlequin Darner
  • Comet Darner
  • Shadow Darner
  • Fawn Darner
  • Calico Pennant
  • Halloween Pennant
  • Stream Cruiser
  • Black-shouldered Spinyleg
  • Swamp Darner
  • Common Baskettail
  • Prince Baskettail
  • Eastern Pondhawk
  • Seaside Dragonlet
  • Taper-tailed Darner
  • Lancet Clubtail
  • Ashy Clubtail
  • Cobra Clubtail
  • Dragonhunter
  • Dot-tailed Whiteface
  • Spangled Skimmer
  • Widow Skimmer
  • Twelve-spotted Skimmer
  • Painted Skimmer
  • Great Blue Skimmer
  • Swift River Cruiser
  • Elfin Skimmer
  • Blue Dasher
  • Wandering Glider
  • Spot-winged Glider
  • Eastern Amberwing
  • Common Whitetail
  • Clamp-tipped Emerald
  • Russet-tipped Clubtail
  • Arrow Clubtail
  • Blue-faced Meadowhawk
  • Ruby Meadowhawk
  • Band-winged Meadowhawk
  • Autumn Meadowhawk
  • Carolina Saddlebags
  • Black Saddlebags
  • Mottled Darner
  • Canada Darner
  • Spatterdock Darner
  • Black-tipped Darner
  • Shadow Darner
  • Green-striped Darner
  • Common Green Darner
  • Comet Darner
  • Springtime Darner
  • Fawn Darner
  • Occelated Darner
  • Swamp Darner
  • Harlequin Darner
  • American Emerald
  • Racket-tailed Emerald
  • Common Baskettail
  • Prince Baskettail
  • Beaverpond Baskettail
  • Uhler’s Sundragon
  • Calico Pennant
  • Halloween Pennant
  • Eastern Pondhawk
  • Dot-tailed Whiteface
  • Spangled Skimmer
  • Slaty Skimmer
  • Chalk-fronted Corporal
  • Widow Skimmer
  • Common Whitetail
  • Twelve-spotted Skimmer
  • Four-spotted Skimmer
  • Painted Skimmer
  • Blue Dasher
  • Wandering Glider
  • Spot-winged Glider
  • Eastern Amberwing
  • Jane’s Meadowhawk
  • Ruby Meadowhawk
  • Band-winged Meadowhawk
  • Yellow-legged Meadowhawk
  • Carolina Saddlebags
  • Black Saddlebags
  • Unicorn Clubtail
  • Lancet Clubtail
  • Ashy Clubtail
  • Dusky Clubtail
  • Dragonhunter
  • Northern Pygmy Clubtail
  • Delta-spotted Spiketail
  • Twin-spotted Spiketail
  • Arrowhead Spiketail
  • Stream Cruiser
  • Illinois River Cruiser

Dragonflies by Colors

Red Dragonflies:  Flame Skimmer