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ISM Online Illinois Dragonfly and Damselfly Collection

photo of Slender Spreadwing DamselflyThe images of dragonflies have appeared as decorative motifs on man-made objects from almost every culture. Whether they were considered in a positive or negative light, dragonflies have intrigued people for centuries. Recently there has been a resurgence in popularity of the decorative image of the dragonfly — here you will learn the story behind the image.

Introductory information about dragonflies and damselflies describes the anatomy, habitat, life cycle, and status of various species common to Illinois.

A photo gallery offers images of dragonflies and damselflies found in Illinois.

There are Databases and checklists of Illinois dragonflies and damselflies by county and species.

An illustrated glossary explains scientific terms.

Hands-on activities and lesson plans have fun projects for Web viewers and teachers.

A Resources page contains PDF files of full text articles from The Living Museum magazine and lists of Web and print resources about dragonflies and damselflies.


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