• Mississippi National River and Recreation Area


    National River & Recreation Area Minnesota

Insects, Spiders, Centipedes, Millipedes

Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata)
About 100 species of dragonflies and 40 species of damselflies live in Minnesota. Dragonfly watching on warm days in late morning into the evening is a rapidly growing hobby for many people. Following are several of the more interesting species or groups of these intriguing insects that may be found in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

Dragonflies Damselflies
Blue Dasher
Common Green Darner
Common Whitetail
Eastern Pondhawk
Four-spotted Skimmer
Halloween Pennant
Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Widow Skimmer
Ebony Jewelwing

Did You Know?

Coon Rapids Dam

Over 600 men worked around the clock using hand tools, horses and coal powered shovels to build the original Coon Rapids Dam in 1913. The dam was rebuilt between 1995 and 1997.