Welcome to the Worldwide Dragonfly Association

The WDA is an international organization dedicated to research, conservation and public awareness of dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata), an ancient and beautiful order of insects with amazing behaviour. On this site, we offer information of our activities, details on past and future International Congresses of Odonatology (ICO), opportunities for young researchers, and details about WDA membership. The WDA provides financial support to a WDA student member to attend the ICO through the Richard Rowe Congress Grant. The WDA also supports research and conservation initiatives worldwide through the Philip Corbet Conservation and Research Grant. Our scientific society produces two publications, the International Journal of Odonatology (IJO), dedicated to current research on the Odonata, and Agrion, the semi-annual bulletin of the Worldwide Dragonfly Association, publishing news, announcements and short field notes from the WDA community. The Issues of IJO are available to the membership via this web site. Agrion is freely available through this webpage.

As predators in both their aquatic larval stage and as airborne adults, dragonflies and damselflies connect aquatic and terrestrial habitats in ecosystems that vary from deserts to tropical rain forests. Because fresh water is so critical to their lifestyle, these insects are used as indicators of ecological health of their habitats and as proxies for general biodiversity. Increasingly, dragonflies offer opportunities to alert the public of how humans are changing the natural world and particularly our precious freshwater resources. Dragonflies are the “Guardians of the Watershed”. We invite all dragonfly enthusiasts, nature lovers, citizen scientists, students, academics and professionals, to use links here for more information about the order and to join us as members of our international family.

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President of WDA

ICO2019 Webpage Now Live!

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2018 Dragonfly Meetings

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Please RT: Join me and my nice colleagues at @Biology_LU at @lunduniversity : a new lectureship position in Biodiversity. This is a great opportunity, and we encourage applications from all strong and qualified candidates #Lund #Sweden #biology #biodiversity

ICO2019 page is now live! Check out the webpage (https://t.co/AL40Ef21Bh) for the international congress to be held in #Austin #Texas in #2019. #dragonfly. RT please!

#ThrowbackThursday way back to 1899 & this cool illustration of a #pterosaur chasing a #dragonfly from the book “Our Earth And Its Story”. The huge Protodonata (1 metre wingspan) shared our planet with dinosaurs around 325 million years ago 😲🤯 #dragonfliesareawesome #evolution

Reminiscing about ICO2017 in Cambridge. Thanks to Richard Rowe for the photo! #dragonfly17 @dragonfly

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