About Us

Ann Johnson  created the first iteration of this project back in 2002 after bumping into Pete Moulton at the Gilbert Water Ranch.  After a few silly swings of the net, I caught Pete his first Wandering Glider and we got to discussing the lack of readily-available information on the odonata of Arizona, frustrating to beginners like us.  Pete e-mailed me some of his great photos, I got in touch with Dennis Paulson  who graciously granted permission to use his Arizona county data to begin creating some maps and checklists and the site was born.  Shortly thereafter, I made contact with Richard Bailowitz, Doug Danforth, and Sandy Upson and the site grew.  Many photographers contributed images of the species found in Arizona, but the vast majority come from Doug's collection.  The data contained in this website comes primarily from these three Southeast Arizona gentlemen who have recorded not only their own records but vetted many older records submitted through Odonata Central from the dot map project.  Their database contains much more detailed information than you will find here and is maintained to help provide lasting scientific integrity.  New records submitted through this site will be reviewed as well to assure we are presenting you with the most accurate information possible.

Now in 2012 the resources available have grown by leaps and bounds.  Kathy Biggs  produced a beautiful little pocket guide - Common Dragonflies of the Southwest.  In 2009 Dennis Paulson's Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West was published and is a superb field guide for the odonata of Arizona.  Pierre Deviche  has created not only a beautiful photo gallery but also a guide to good locations for odonating in the state.  You will find quick access to his guide on our menu.  Odonata Central  has become a much bigger player as the keeper of county records and we will try to coordinate our data with theirs.

The number of spectacular web resources continues to grow.  There is still a place, however, for states to maintain data to help define populations and flight seasons.  After a few years of benign neglect, my recent retirement (more time for bugs and birds in AZ!) allowed an upgrade to newer technology with great expectations for keeping our data as relevant as possible.  The ability to capture approximate GPS coordinates from your submitted records should someday provide an even better representation of where and when to find these marvelous creatures in Arizona.  At a minimum please report new early and late dates as well as new county records through our Report-A-Bug  form.