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Dragonfly fauna are categorized under the order Odonata. They are further sub divided in to Zygoptera (damselflies) and Anisoptera (dragonflies).

The life of Dragonflies is intrinsically interwoven with fresh water. They lay their eggs in water and the larva lives in water and preys of aquatic prey.

There are 124 species of Dragonflies belonging to 12 families of which 61 (49.2%) are endemic to the country.


  1. DRAGONFLY FAUNA OF SRI LANKA: distribution and biology, with threat status of its endemics Matjaz Bedjanic, Karen Conniff, Nancy van der Poorten & Ali Salamun
  2. The Dragonflies of Sri Lanka by Terence de Fonseka, 2000
  3. Bedjanic, M., Conniff, K., de Silva Wijeyeratne, G. (2007). Gehans Photo Guide. A Photographic Guide to the Dragonflies of Sri Lanka. Jetwing Eco Holidays: Colombo ISBN 978-955-1079-15-4