Field Guides

Color Guide to Common Dragonflies of Wisconsin
by Karl and Dorothy Legler

This new version has been expanded to include all WI species of dragonflies. It is available through the University of Wisconsin Arboretum Bookstore

Dragonflies of the Northwoods
by Kurt Mead

This is a great field guide for Wisconsin dragonflies. The third edition contains most of the species found in the state with very few species that are not found in Wisconsin. Its size also makes it very easy to carry in the field.

Damselflies of the Northwoods
by Bob DuBois

Written by Bob DuBois, a founding member of the WDS, this is the most comprehensive guide for Wisconsin Damselflies. Unfortunately it is currently out of print but a second edition is currently in the works

Dragonflies and damselflies of the East
by Dennis Paulson

A great resource for identifying dragonflies, especially out of state specimens. Paulson's companion guide, Dragonflies and Damselfies of the West, is also a must have.

Damselflies of the Northeast
Ed Lam

Contains many of the damselfly species in Wisconsin. An excellent companion to Damselflies of the North Woods. Check out Bob Dubois notes on using tis book in Wisconsin-Here-

Dragonflies and Damselfies of Northeast Ohio
by Larry Rosche with Judy Semroc and Linda Gilbert

Although this book focuses on dragonflies of Northeast Ohio it contains most of the species found in Wisconsin, especially some of the states southern species that are not covered by the North Woods books.

Stokes Beginner's Guide to Dragonflies
by Blair Nikula, Jackie Sones, Donald and Lillian Stokes

A beginners guide, featuring many of the commonly found species of Wisconsin.

Dragonflies Through Binoculars: A Field Guide to Dragonflies of North America
by Sidney W. Dunkle

One of the first dragonfly field guides. A true pioneer.

Other Field Guides
• Damselflies of Chicagoland: A Photo Field Guide, version 2. Garrison, M. 2011. 135 pp. (PDF)
• Waushara County Dragonflies and Damselflies. Tennessen, Ken. 2010. 32 pp. (available from the author: ktennessen@centurytel.net).

The Wisconsin Dragonfly Society promotes and encourages the conservation of Wisconsin's dragonflies and damselflies.