Odonata is the scientific term for the order of insects comprising dragonflies (Anisoptera) and damselflies (Zygoptera). Odonata is sometimes Anglicized into “odonates” but it seems to be becoming more fashionable to use “dragonflies” as the collective English/common term forcing the rather ugly [my opinion] term “true dragonflies” to be used for, well, dragonflies. I stick to Odonata or Odos for short. Besides, the word lends itself to irresistible puns like “Odo-nutters” (us) and “Odo-natter” (the blog). 😯
In my view there are 44 species of breeding Odonata in the UK. According to Grand/Boudot, there are 89 in mainland France, i.e. within relatively easy and fun (for us) reach; we travel there often. Carol having caught the dragonfly bug as well – if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em – our catalogue outgrew our usual one page photo album, in addition to which I wanted to record other details, such as what species we’d seen where and flight periods. Hence this site dedicated purely to the delightful dragons and damsels.
Our Galleries section present a 1-page of all our damselflies and another 1-page summary for our dragonflies, mainly based on our better photographic efforts. It is English/common name based and enables paging through the various collections easily.
Our Species section dedicates a page to each species keyed by scientific/binomial names rather than English/common names. This decision was based on my hoping to see species further afield for which there may be no English name. [Fingers firmly crossed!]