Michigan-centric resources

Mark O’Brien’s MOS Technical Note No. 4, Great Lakes Odonata Bibliography, provides a list of published papers through the year 2013. Here, we’ve extracted papers from that Note to those specifically relating to Michigan Odonata — mostly about distribution but also studies done in the state. We’ve updated the list through the year 2020, and hope to keep it up to date. Species names are bold for easy scanning.

Links to frequent sources:
Williamsonia: the former Michigan Odonata Survey Newsletter
Argia: News journal of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas (last 3 years for members only)
– Great Lakes Entomologist (formerly Michigan Entomologist): journal of the Michigan Entomological Society. Available at two sites. Vol 1 (1966) to Vol 49 (2016) or all issues at the new journal homepage.
Newsletter of the Michigan Entomological Society
– University of Michigan Museum of Zoology Insect Occasional Papers
– University of Michigan Museum of Zoology Insect Miscellaneous Papers

Beatty, G.H. and A.F. Beatty. 1969. United States records of Williamsonia fletcheri (Odonata: Corduliidae). Michigan Entomologist 2(102) :13.

Bright, Ethan. 1998. Distribution of Stylogomphus albistylus in Michigan. Williamsonia 2(4): 2-3.

Byers, C.F. 1927. An annotated list of the Odonata of Michigan. Occ. Papers Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan. 183:1-15.

Byers, F.F. 1939. A study of the dragonflies of the genus Progomphus (Gomphoides), with a description of a new species. Proc. Florida Acad. Sci. 4:19-85.

Catling, P.M. 2001. Decline of Gomphus fraternus (Odonata: Gomphidae) in Lake Erie. The Great Lakes Entomologist 34(1):1-7.

Catling, P.M. 2005. Global warming a potential explanation for the extension of known range of Hetaerina americana. Ontario Odonata. 6:40-41.

Cebulski, B. 2009. Collecting odonates under the ice. Argia 21(3):8-9.

Cebulski, B. 2009. Hetaerina titia (Smoky Rubyspot) no longer rare in southern Michigan. Argia 21(4):21-22.

Cebulski, B.C. and C.J. Cebulski. 2011. Dragonflies of Ives Road Fen Preserve. Argia. 23(1):14-15.

Cebulski, B.C. and M.F. O'Brien. 2013. Observations on egg parasitism of Aeshna tuberculifera (Odonata: Aeshnidae) by Eulophidae, Trichogrammatidae, and Mymaridae (Hymenoptera) in Alger County, Michigan. The Great Lakes Entomologist 46(3-4):145-153.

Chartier, A. 2003. Williamsonia lintneri found in the UP. Williamsonia. 7(3&4): 2-3.

Combs, A.F. 1917. Notes on a collection of Odonata from Schoolcraft County, Michigan. Occ. Papers Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan 41:1-8.

Craves, J. A. 2001. Notable new dragonfly records. Williamsonia 5(4):5-6.

Craves, J. A. 2001. Notable new dragonfly records. Michigan Birds and Natural History 8:185-188.

Craves, J. A. 2002. A preliminary list of the Odonata of Wayne Co. Michigan Birds and Natural History 9:7-16.

Craves, J.A. 2006. [Great Spreadwing] Archilestes grandis (Rambur) (Odonata: Lestidae): new for Michigan. The Great Lakes Entomologist 39(1&2):88-90.

Craves, J.A. 2006. First Michigan specimens of [Great Blue Skimmer] Libellula vibrans Fabricius (Odonata: Libellulidae). The Great Lakes Entomologist 39(1&2):91-93.

Craves, J. A. 2007. Baseline inventory of Odonata at the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, Humbug Marsh Unit. Final Report. CCS MOA #2007CCS-98. USFWS Region 3, Fort Snelling, MN.

Craves, J.A., and D. S. O'Brien. 2007. Erythrodiplax umbrata [Band-winged Dragonlet] (Odonata: Libellulidae): New for Michigan. Great Lakes Entomologist 40:95-97.

Craves, J.A. 2008. Andromorphic female eastern forktail. Williamsonia 12(1):8

Craves, J. A. and D. S. O’Brien. 2002. Hunting new state ode records, or, an ode to hunting new state records. Williamsonia 6(3&4):7-9.

Craves, J. A. and D. S. O’Brien. 2002. [Flag-tailed Spinyleg] Dromogromphus spoliatus (Odonata: Gomphidae): New for Michigan. The Great Lakes Entomologist 35:19-20.

Craves, J. A. and D. S. O’Brien. 2002.[Citrine Forktail] Ischnura hastata (Odonata: Coenagrionidae): New for Michigan. The Great Lakes Entomologist 35:21-23.

Craves, J. A. and D. S. O’Brien. 2003. Update on two 2002 state records. Williamsonia 7(3-4):6-7.

Craves, J. A. and D. S. O’Brien. 2006. Elusive Clubtail no longer eludes us! Williamsonia 10(2):9.

Craves, J. A. and D.S. O'Brien. 2008. First state record: Band-winged dragonlet. Williamsonia 12(1):3.

Craves, J. A. and D.S. O'Brien. 2011. Tramea calverti (Odonata: Libellulidae): new for Michigan with notes on other new reports from the Great Lakes region. The Great Lakes Entomologist 44 (1-2):78-72.

Craves, J.A. and D.S. O'Brien. 2013. The Odonata of Wayne County, MI: Inspiration for renewed monitoring of urban areas. Northeastern Naturalist 20(2):341-362.

Craves, J.A., and D.S. O’Brien. 2015. Macromia alleghaniensis (Odonata: Macromiidae): New for Michigan, with clarifications of northern records. Great Lakes Entomologist 48:186-191.

Craves, J.A. and D. S. O'Brien. 2016. Common Baskettail, Epitheca cynosura (Odonata: Corduliidae), with extensive dark wing tips. Argia 28(3):11-12.

Craves, J.A., D.S. O’Brien, and D.A. Marvin. 2020. New population of the rare dragonfly Ophiogomphus howei (Odonata: Gomphidae) in southern Michigan, United States. Journal of Insect Science 20(5):33, 1-9.

Craves, J.A., A.I. Cognato, D. O’Brien, and M.J. Mahoney. 2022. A new locality and unexpected haplotypes of the federally-endangered Hine’s Emerald dragonfly, Somatochlora hineana (Odonata: Corduliidae). Bulletin of American Odonatology 13(2): 7-17.

Daigle, J.J. and E. Pilgrim. 2014. Amphiagrion (Red Damsel) update. Argia 26(1):19.

Donnelly, T.W. 2007. Michigan's unique opportunity to illuminate North American Odonata taxonomy problems. Williamsonia 11(1):1-2.

Evans, A.T. 1915. Dragonflies of the Douglas Lake region, Michigan. Michigan Geol. & Biol. Survey, Biol. Ser. 4, 20:39-58.

Foley, D. F. 1966. Another record of Williamsonia fletcheri in Michigan (Odonata: Corduliidae). Michigan Entomologist 1(3) :90.

Gloyd, L. K. 1940. On the status of Gomphaeschna antilope (Hagen) (Odonata). Occ. Papers Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan 415:1-14.

Gloyd, L. K. 1943. Enallagma vernale, a new species of Odonata from Michigan. Occ. Papers Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan: 479.

Glotzhober, R.C. 1985a. Collecting Odonata on Isle Royale. Newsletter Michigan Entomolological Soc. 30(3&4):1, 3.

Hebard, H. 1910. A few records from northern Michigan in the order Odonata. Entomological News 21:134-135.

Hill, C. 2011. Gomphaeschna antilope (Taper-tailed Darner) new for Michigan: a mystery ode and an ode mystery. Argia 23(3):21-22.

Kellicott, D.S. 1894. A list of dragonflies from Corunna, Michigan. Canadian Entomol. 26:345-347.

Kielb, M.A. 1996. Preliminary checklist of the dragonflies (Odonata) of the Great Lakes Region. Michigan Birds & Natural History. 3(2):77-82.

Kielb, M.A. 1997. Additions and corrections to the Odonata of Michigan. Williamsonia. 1(2):1.

Kielb, M.A. 1997. Nannothemis bella (Uhler) in Michigan (Libellulidae). Williamsonia 1(2):4.

Kielb, M.A., E. Bright, & M. F. O'Brien. 1996. Range extension of Stylogompus albistylus (Odonata: Gomphidae) for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Great Lakes Entomologist 29(2):87-88.

Kielb, M.A. & M.F. O'Brien. 1996. Discovery of an isolated population of Anax longipes in Michigan (Odonata: Aeshnidae). The Great Lakes Entomologist 29(3):161-164.

Kormondy, E.J. 1958. A catalogue of the Odonata of Michigan. Misc. Papers Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan. 104:1-43.

Kormondy, E.J. 1959. The systematics of Tetragoneuria, based on ecological, life history, and morphological evidence (Odonata: Corduliidae). Misc. Papers Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan. 107:1-79.

Kormondy, E.J. 1962. New records of Michigan Odonata. Entomological News 73:191-194.

Laughlin, M. M., J. G. Martin, P. J. Liesch, and E. R. Olson. 2018. Dragonfly (Odonata: Corduliidae, Macromiidae, Gomphidae, Aeshnidae) and damselfly (Odonata: Calopterygidae) exuviae observed at record heights in Pinus strobus and Picea abies canopies. The Great Lakes Entomologist 51: 26-29.

Leonard, J.W. 1934. The naiad of Celithemis monomelaena Williamson (Odonata: Libellulidae). Occ. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Mich. 297:1-5.

Leonard, J.W. 1940. Lanthus albistylus (Hagen), a new record for Michigan, with ecological notes on the species (Odonata: Gomphinae). Occ. Papers Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan 414:1-6.

Marr, B. 2010. Odonata of the Robert Thorson Brown Nature Sanctuary [Michigan]. Argia. 22(3):19

Marr, B. 2011. Northern range extension for Widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa) in Michigan. Argia 23(4):20.

McCauley, S.J. 2006. The effects of dispersal and recruitment limitation on community structure of odonates in artificial ponds [E.S. George Reserve]. Ecography 29:585-595.

McPeek, M.A. 1989. Differential dispersal tendencies among Enallagma damselflies (Odonata) inhabiting different habitats. Oikos 56:187-195.

McPeek, M.A. 1990. Determination of species composition in the Enallagma damselfly assemblages of permanent lakes. Ecology 71:83-98.

McPeek, M.A. 1998. Comments on Enallagma cyathigerum and vernale. Argia 10(1):22-23.

Muttkowski, R. A. 1911a. Studies in Tetragoneuria (Odonata). Bulletin of the Wisconsin Natural History Society 9(3):91-134.

Muttkowski, E. A., and A. D. Whedon. 1915. On Gomphus cornutus Tough (Odonata). Bulletin of the Wisconsin Natural History Society 13:88-101.

Needham, J.G. 1908. Notes on the aquatic insects of Walnut Lake, Michigan. in: Hankison, T.L. (ed.). A biological survey of Walnut Lake, Michigan. Ann. Rept. Michigan Geol. Survey.

Needham, J.G. 1909. Neuropteroid insects from Isle Royale, Michigan. p. 305-307 in: Adams, C.C. An ecological survey of Isle Royale, Lake Superior. Ann. Rept. Michigan Geol. Survey.

Nirschl, R. 2013. First record for Libellula auripennis (Golden-winged Skimmer) in Michigan. Argia 25(3):18.

Nishida, T. 1999. The Odonata collected in the United States of America, mainly in the State of Michigan. Aeschna 36:1-20.

O'Brien, A. 1911. Odonata collected at Douglas Lake, Michigan, in the summer of 1910. 14th Rept. Michigan Acad. Sci.:144-145.

O'Brien, M.F. 1998. Somatochlora tenebrosa not in Michigan. Argia. 9(4):9-10.

O'Brien, M.F. 1998. Enallagma basidens (Odonata: Coenagrionidae) expands it range into Michigan. The Great Lakes Entomologist 30(4):181-183.

O'Brien, M.F. 1998. Stylurus spiniceps finally verified for Michigan (Odonata:Gomphidae). Argia 9(4):8-9.

O'Brien, M.F. 1998. New Odonata records for Washtenaw County, Michigan. Williamsonia 2(4):3-4.

O'Brien, M.F. 1999. Late season Odonata at Lefurge Woods wetland. Williamsonia 3(4):1-2.

O'Brien, M.F. 2000. The spotted-wing (mostly) Libellulids. Williamsonia. 4(4):1-4.

O'Brien, M.F. 2000. Hine's sight. Williamsonia. 4(3):4-5

O'Brien, M.F. 2000. Williamsonia lintneri trip in Mecosta Co. Williamsonia.4(3):6-7

O'Brien, M.F. 2000. Observations at Ives Road fen. Williamsonia. 4(4):4-5.

O'Brien, M.F. 2001. Somatochlora tenebrosa at Ives Road Fen, Lenawee County, Michigan (Corduliidae). Argia. 13(3):22-24.

O'Brien, M.F. 2001. Hine's Emerald Dragonfly, a federally-endangered species Somatochlora hineana Williamson. Williamsonia. 5(2&3):5-6.

O'Brien, M.F. 2001. Zebra Mussels and Odonata Larvae. Williamsonia. 5(2&3):9.

O'Brien, M.F. 2001. Summary of the 2000 field season. Williamsonia. 5(1):3-4.

O'Brien, M.F. 2002. Checklist of the Odonata found in Michigan. Willliamsonia. 6(1):7-8.

O'Brien, M.F. 2002. The Painted Skimmer, Libellula semifasciata, in Michigan: rare or not? Michigan Birds and Natural History. 9(1):17-18.

O'Brien, M.F. 2003. A rare form of Libellula quadrimaculata - “praenubila” in Michigan. Williamsonia 7(2):1-2.

O'Brien, M.F. 2003. Sharon Mill Odes. Williamsonia 7(3&4):7-8.

O'Brien, M.F. 2005. How to identify Epitheca costalis. Williamsonia. 9(1):7-9.

O'Brien, M.F. 2005. New River Bluet, Enallagma anna records. Williamsonia 9(2&3):4.

O'Brien, M.F. 2006. Epiaeschna heros – migrant or resident? Williamsonia 10(1):2.

O'Brien, M.F. 2006. Additional localities for Williamsonia lintneri in Michigan. Williamsonia. 10(1):3.

O'Brien, M.F. 2006. A new locality for Hetaerina titia in SE Michigan. Williamsonia 10(2):1-2.

O'Brien, M.F. 2008. The 2007 Bioblitz [at Douglas Lake]. Williamsonia 12(1):4-7.

O'Brien, M.F. 2009. Odonatological History in Michigan - 1875-1996. The Great Lakes Entomologist 41 (1&2):1-11.

O’Brien, M.F. 2010. Arigomphus submedianus (Odonata: Gomphidae) to be removed from the Michigan list of Odonata. Argia. 22(3):16-17.

O'Brien, M.F. 2014. Epiaeschna heros (Swamp Darner) in Michigan—A mystery no longer. Argia 26(2):8-9.

O'Brien, M.F. 2018: Some looks into the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology (UMMZ) past upon my retirement. Argia 30(1):6-8.

O'Brien, M. F., E. Bright & M. A. Kielb. 2003. The Odonata of the Huron Mountains, Marquette Co., Michigan. Bulletin of American Odonatology. 7(1):1-22.

O’Brien, M.F., J.A. Craves, and D.S. O’Brien. 2016. Great Spreadwing (Archilestes grandis) in Michigan: More evidence for the potential role of restoration projects in range expansions. Argia 28(1):5-7.

O’Brien, M. F., D.S. O’Brien, and J.A. Craves. 2017. Cordulegaster erronea Hagen in Selys (Tiger Spiketail) Rediscovered in Michigan (Odonata: Cordulegastridae). Great Lakes Entomologist 50 (1-2):1-5.

O'Brien, M.F., and P. D. Pratt. 1999. Enallagma anna, a damselfly new to the Great Lakes Region (Odonata: Coenagrionidae). The Great Lakes Entomologist 31(3&4):211-213.

Pratt, P. D. and P. M. Catling. 1999. Distribution of Hetaerina titia (Odonata: Calopterygidae) in the Eastern Great Lakes Region. The Great Lakes Entomologist 31(3&4):205-208.

Riffell, S. 1999. Road mortality of dragonflies (Odonata) in a Great Lakes coastal wetland. The Great Lakes Entomologist 32:63-73.

Ross, S. 1998. Dragonflies and damselflies of Mecosta Co.: Literature search and recent additions. Michigan Birds and Natural History 5:161-166

Ross, S. 1999. Dragonflies of Mecosta Co.: Additions and further comments. Michigan Birds and Natural History 6:187-181.

Ross, S. 2001. More bog-haunters from Mecosta Co. Williamsonia 5(2&3):3-4.

Ross, S. 2002. The dragonflies and damselflies of Mecosta Co., MI: Complete list with recent additions. Michigan Birds and Natural History 9:1-6.

Ross, S. and M.O'Brien. 1999. Williamsonia lintneri (Odonata: Corduliidae). A first Michigan record with additional notes on W. fletcheri. The Great Lakes Entomologist 32:201-205.

Rutherford, R. and M. O'Brien. 2008. A significant new Hine's Emerald (Somatochlora hineana) record for Michigan. Argia. 20(3):28.

Ruthven, A.G. 1906. Spiders and insects from the Porcupine Mountains and Isle Royale, Michigan. pp. 100-106, in: Adams, C.C. An ecological survey in northern Michigan. State Geol. And Biol. Survey Report for 1905. Lansing, MI. 133pp.

Sloan, N. F. 1967. Odonata collected with a mist net in Baraga County, Michigan, including a new record for the Upper Peninsula. Michigan Entomologist 1(5):168.

Steffens, W..P. 1998. New distribution records of Somatochlora hineana (Odonata: Corduliidae). The Great Lakes Entomologist 31(1):25-26.

Tennessen, K.J. 1993. New distribution records for Ophiogomphus howei (Odonata: Gomphidae). The Great Lakes Entomologist 26(3):245-249.

Tennessen, K., and E. Bright. 1998. Ophiogomphus aspersus records in Michigan. Williamsonia 2(4):2.

VanBuskirk, J. 1992. The Odonata of Isle Royale, Michigan. The Great Lakes Entomologist 25(1):41-45.

Vogt, T.E. 1992. Wisconsin, Michigan, Quebec collecting. Argia 4:13.

Vogt, T. E. and E.D. Cashatt. 1994. Distribution, habitat, and field biology of Somatochlora hineana (Odonata: Corduliidae). Annals Entomological Society of America 87(5):599-603.

Waage, J.K. 1972. Longevity and mobility of adult Calopteryx maculata (Beauvois, 1805) (Zygoptera:Calopterygidae). Odonatologica 1(3):155-162. [Fleming Creek]

Waage, J.K. 1973. Reproductive behavior and its relation to territoriality in Calopteryx maculata (Beauvois) (Odonata: Calopterygidae). Behaviour 47:240-256.

Walker, E.M. 1952. The Lestes disjunctus and forcipatus complex (Odonata: Lestidae). Trans. Amer. Entomol. Soc. 78:59-74.

Williamson, E.B. 1923. A new species of Williamsonia (Odonata-Corduliidae). Canad. Entomol. 55:96-98.

Winkler, R.H. 1966. Notes on the dragonflies (Anisoptera) of Macomb County, Michigan. Papers Michigan Acad. Sci., Arts and Letters 51:27-30.