Michigan checklist

This is a list of the 169 species of Odonata known from Michigan. This is a voucher-based list; all state and county records must be supported by vouchers. For more about Michigan’s rare species see this post.

Updated 8 Apr 2021

Previous works:
Catalogue of the Odonata of Michigan by E. Kormondy, 1958 (PDF). This is the last published state-wide work!
An annotated list of the Odonata of Michigan by C.F. Byers, 1927 (PDF).

Zygoptera: Damselflies

Great Spreadwing – Archilestes grandis (Rambur)
Southern Spreadwing – Lestes australis Walker
Spotted Spreadwing – Lestes congener Hagen
Northern Spreadwing – Lestes disjunctus Selys
Emerald Spreadwing – Lestes dryas Kirby
Amber-winged Spreadwing – Lestes eurinus Say
Sweetflag Spreadwing – Lestes forcipatus Rambur
Elegant Spreadwing – Lestes inaequalis Walsh
Slender Spreadwing – Lestes rectangularis Say
Lyre-tipped Spreadwing – Lestes unguiculatus Hagen
Swamp Spreadwing – Lestes vigilax Hagen in Selys

River Jewelwing – Calopteryx aequabilis Say
Ebony Jewelwing – Calopteryx maculata (Beauvois)
American Rubyspot – Hetaerina americana (Fabricius)
Smoky Rubyspot – Hetaerina titia (Drury) state special concern

Eastern Red Damsel- Amphiagrion saucium (Burmeister)
Blue-fronted Dancer – Argia apicalis (Say)
Variable Dancer – Argia fumipennis (Burmeister) – subsp. violacea
Powdered Dancer – Argia moesta (Hagen)
Blue-ringed Dancer – Argia sedula (Hagen)
Blue-tipped Dancer – Argia tibialis (Rambur)
Dusky Dancer – Argia translata Hagen in Selys
Aurora Damsel – Chromagrion conditum (Selys)
Subarctic Bluet – Coenagrion interrogatum (Hagen in Selys)
Taiga Bluet – Coenagrion resolutum (Hagen in Selys)
River Bluet – Enallagma anna Williamson
Northern Bluet – Enallagma annexum (Hagen)
Rainbow Bluet – Enallagma antennatum (Say)
Azure Bluet – Enallagma aspersum (Hagen)
Double-striped Bluet – Enallagma basidens Calvert
Boreal Bluet – Enallagma boreale Selys
Tule Bluet – Enallagma carunculatum Morse
Familiar Bluet – Enallagma civile (Hagen)
Turquoise Bluet – Enallagma divagans Selys
Marsh Bluet – Enallagma ebrium (Hagen)
Stream Bluet – Enallagma exsulans (Hagen)
Skimming Bluet – Enallagma geminatum Kellicott
Hagen’s Bluet – Enallagma hageni (Walsh)
Orange Bluet – Enallagma signatum (Hagen)
Slender Bluet – Enallagma traviatum Selys – subsp. westfalli
Vernal Bluet – Enallagma vernale Gloyd
Vesper Bluet – Enallagma vesperum Calvert
Citrine Forktail – Ischnura hastata (Say)
Lilypad Forktail – Ischnura kellicotti Williamson
Fragile Forktail – Ischnura posita (Hagen)
Eastern Forktail – Ischnura verticalis (Say)
Sphagnum Sprite – Nehalennia gracilis Morse
Sedge Sprite – Nehalennia irene (Hagen)

Anisoptera: Dragonflies

Gray Petaltail – Tachopteryx thoreyi (Hagen in Selys) state threatened

Canada Darner – Aeshna canadensis Walker
Mottled Darner – Aeshna clepsydra Say
Lance-tipped Darner – Aeshna constricta Say
Lake Darner – Aeshna eremita Scudder
Variable Darner – Aeshna interrupta Walker
Sedge Darner – Aeshna juncea (Linneaus)
Zigzag Darner – Aeshna sitchensis Hagen
Subarctic Darner – Aeshna subarctica Walker
Black-tipped Darner – Aeshna tuberculifera Walker
Shadow Darner – Aeshna umbrosa Walker
Green-striped Darner – Aeshna verticalis Hagen
Common Green Darner – Anax junius (Drury)
Comet Darner – Anax longipes Hagen
Springtime Darner – Basiaeschna janata (Say)
Ocellated Darner – Boyeria grafiana Williamson
Fawn Darner – Boyeria vinosa (Say)
Swamp Darner – Epiaeschna heros (Fabricius)
Taper-tailed Darner – Gomphaeschna antilope (Hagen)
Harlequin Darner – Gomphaeschna furcillata (Say)
Cyrano Darner – Nasiaeschna pentacantha (Rambur)
Spatterdock Darner – Rhionaeschna mutata (Hagen)

Horned Clubtail – Arigomphus cornutus Tough
Lilypad Clubtail – Arigomphus furcifer (Hagen in Selys)
Unicorn Clubtail – Arigomphus villosipes (Selys)
Black-shouldered Spinyleg – Dromogomphus spinosus Selys
Flag-tailed Spinyleg – Dromogomphus spoliatus (Hagen in Selys)
Midland Clubtail – Gomphurus fraternus (Say)
Splendid Clubtail – Gomphurus lineatifrons (Calvert) state special concern
Cobra Clubtail – Gomphurus vastus (Walsh)
Skillet Clubtail – Gomphurus ventricosus (Walsh)
Dragonhunter – Hagenius brevistylus Selys
Mustached Clubtail – Hylogomphus adelphus (Selys)
Green-faced Clubtail – Hylogomphus viridifrons (Hine)
Extra-striped Snaketail – Ophiogomphus anomalus Harvey state special concern
Riffle Snaketail – Ophiogomphus carolus Needham
Boreal Snaketail – Ophiogomphus colubrinus Selys
Pygmy Snaketail – Ophiogomphus howei Bromley state threatened
Rusty Snaketail – Ophiogomphus rupinsulensis (Walsh)
Lancet Clubtail – Phanogomphus exilis (Selys)
Pronghorn Clubtail – Phanogomphus graslinellus (Walsh)
Ashy Clubtail – Phanogomphus lividus (Selys)
Rapids Clubtail – Phanogomphus quadricolor (Walsh) state special concern
Dusky Clubtail – Phanogomphus spicatus (Hagen in Selys)
Common Sanddragon – Progomphus obscurus (Rambur)
Eastern Least Clubtail – Stylogomphus albistylus (Hagen in Selys)
Riverine Clubtail – Stylurus amnicola Walsh state special concern
Laura’s Clubtail – Stylurus laurae Williamson state special concern
Elusive Clubtail – Stylurus notatus (Rambur) state special concern
Russet-tipped Clubtail – Stylurus plagiatus (Selys) state special concern
Zebra Clubtail – Stylurus scudderi Selys
Arrow Clubtail – Stylurus spiniceps (Walsh)

Brown Spiketail – Cordulegaster bilineata (Carle)
Delta-spotted Spiketail – Cordulegaster diastatops (Selys)
Tiger Spiketail – Cordulegaster erronea Hagen in Selys state special concern
Twin-spotted Spiketail – Cordulegaster maculata Selys
Arrowhead Spiketail – Cordulegaster obliqua (Say)

Stream Cruiser – Didymops transversa (Say)
Allegheny River Cruiser – Macromia alleghaniensis Williamson
Swift River Cruiser – Macromia illinoiensis Walsh
Royal River Cruiser – Macromia taeniolata Rambur

American Emerald – Cordulia shurtleffi Scudder
Racket-tailed Emerald – Dorocordulia libera (Selys)
Beaverpond Baskettail – Epitheca canis (McLachlan)
Slender Baskettail – Epitheca costalis (Selys)
Common Baskettail – Epitheca cynosura (Say)
Prince Baskettail – Epitheca princeps Hagen
Spiny Baskettail – Epitheca spinigera (Selys)
Stygian Shadowdragon – Neurocordulia yamaskanensis (Provancher)
Lake Emerald – Somatochlora cingulata (Selys)
Ski-tipped Emerald – Somatochlora elongata (Scudder)
Forcipate Emerald – Somatochlora forcipata (Scudder)
Delicate Emerald – Somatochlora franklini (Selys)
Hine’s Emerald – Somatochlora hineana Williamson federal & state endangered
Incurvate Emerald – Somatochlora incurvata Walker state special concern
Kennedy’s Emerald – Somatochlora kennedyi Walker
Mocha Emerald – Somatochlora linearis (Hagen)
Ocellated Emerald – Somatochlora minor Calvert in Harvey
Clamp-tipped Emerald – Somatochlora tenebrosa (Say)
Brush-tipped Emerald – Somatochlora walshii (Scudder)
Williamson’s Emerald – Somatochlora williamsoni Walker
Ebony Boghaunter – Williamsonia fletcheri Williamson state special concern
Ringed Boghaunter – Williamsonia lintneri (Hagen in Selys) state special concern

Calico Pennant – Celithemis elisa (Hagen)
Halloween Pennant – Celithemis eponina (Drury)
Banded Pennant – Celithemis fasciata Kirby
Eastern Pondhawk – Erythemis simplicicollis (Say)
Band-winged Dragonlet – Erythrodiplax umbrata (Linnaeus)
Chalk-fronted Corporal – Ladona julia (Uhler)
Frosted Whiteface – Leucorrhinia frigida Hagen
Crimson-ringed Whiteface – Leucorrhinia glacialis Hagen
Hudsonian Whiteface – Leucorrhinia hudsonica (Selys)
Dot-tailed Whiteface – Leucorrhinia intacta (Hagen)
Belted Whiteface – Leucorrhinia proxima Calvert
Golden-winged Skimmer – Libellula auripennis Burmeister
Spangled Skimmer – Libellula cyanea Fabricius
Slaty Skimmer – Libellula incesta Hagen
Widow Skimmer – Libellula luctuosa Burmeister
Twelve-spotted Skimmer – Libellula pulchella Drury
Four-spotted Skimmer – Libellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus
Painted Skimmer – Libellula semifasciata Burmeister
Great Blue Skimmer – Libellula vibrans Fabricius
Elfin Skimmer – Nannothemis bella (Uhler)
Blue Dasher – Pachydiplax longipennis (Burmeister)
Wandering Glider – Pantala flavescens (Fabricius)
Spot-winged Glider – Pantala hymenaea (Say)
Eastern Amberwing – Perithemis tenera (Say)
Common Whitetail – Plathemis lydia (Drury)
Blue-faced Meadowhawk – Sympetrum ambiguum (Rambur)
Variegated Meadowhawk – Sympetrum corruptum (Hagen)
Saffron-winged Meadowhawk – Sympetrum costiferum (Hagen)
Black Meadowhawk – Sympetrum danae (Sulzer)
Cherry-faced Meadowhawk – Sympetrum internum Montgomery
White-faced Meadowhawk – Sympetrum obtrusum (Hagen)
Ruby Meadowhawk – Sympetrum rubicundulum (Say)
Band-winged Meadowhawk – Sympetrum semicinctum (Say)
Autumn Meadowhawk – Sympetrum vicinum (Hagen)
Carolina Saddlebags – Tramea carolina (Linnaeus)
Striped Saddlebags – Tramea darwini Muttkowski
Black Saddlebags – Tramea lacerata Hagen
Red Saddlebags – Tramea onusta Hagen

Taxonomy and names follow:
Paulson, D.R., and S.W. Dunkle. 2021. A Checklist of North American Odonata, including English name, Etymology, Type Locality and Distribution. 2021 Edition. 92 pp. Available online (PDF).