Ocean City Odonata and Odonates

Ocean City Odonata and Odonates

Welcome to the Ocean City Odonata and Odonates (dragonflies and damselflies) page, here we will document through photographs and videos the Land Mammals we have found around the Ocean City Maryland USA area…

What are Odonata and Odonates?

Dragonflies and damselflies are insects. As such, they have 3 prominent body parts; a head, a thorax to which the wings (4) and legs (6) are attached, and an abdomen. Their front and rear wings are not linked together, but can be operated independently. The dragonfly is an impressive insect, a master of the air, at rest, its wings lie flat, at right angles to the body. The damselfly is generally much less impressive or conspicuous, it tends to be smaller and less robust, a much weaker flyer, but still capable of aerial acrobatics. At rest, damselflies hold their wings over their backs, either together or spread out in a v-shape. Damselflies usually fly close to a watery surface, while dragonflies can zoom up into the air and out of sight. Both the dragonflies and damselflies are predators and are so throughout their lives.

Dragonflies and damselflies have been around for a long time, fossils of dragonflies with 27″ wingspans have been found dating back over 200 million years. Today, the largest ones have wingspans about 5 to 6 inches

Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina) | Ocean City Odonata

Scientific Classification (Taxonomy) of Odonata

Kingdom: Animalia >> Phylum: Arthropoda >> Class: Insecta >> Subclass: Pterygota >> Infraclass: Palaeoptera (disputed) >> Superorder: Odonatoptera >> Order: Odonata

How Many Species Of Odonata Are There?

Odonata consists of three groups: Anisoptera (which includes dragonflies) and Zygoptera (which includes damselflies), this order is very diverse with about 5000 species, and its members are relatively easy to observe.  Though harder to photograph some species as their resting times is minimal.

How Many Types of Odonata are in Maryland?

There are nine (9) Families of Odonata listed in the State of Maryland according to USGS Odonata of Maryland, with 79 recorded species.

How Many Ocean City Odonata Are There?

According to Odonata Central there are 69 documented species and the Maryland Biodiversity Project there are 81 identified species in Worcester County MD, there is no current listing of Odonata in Ocean City MD until now…

Ocean City Odonata

There are two Suborders of Odonata…
Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa) | Ocean City Odonata Species Currently Identified - None | Damselflies (Zygoptera)


Learn more about Odonata and Odonates

Wikipedia | Discover Life | Odonata Central | Odes for Beginners


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