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From 1997 to 1999, we found 48 Odonata species in the Białowieża Forest and its surroundings (Poland). We attribute the high number of species in the mainly forested study area to the extensive river network, which is shaped by a mostly natural water regime including many natural pools, and to the abundance of small-scale sandpits bearing water bodies in various stages of succession. The Białowieża Forest is, until now, the northernmost place of a reproduction of Crocothemis erythraea (52°39’ N, 23°35’ E).