Many studies on odon. larvae require the maintenance and rearing of specimens in the laboratory. A wide variety of methods have described the types of containers used and foods provided in raising these larvae. The present discourse is a review of the literature concerning housing and rearing of odon. larvae under laboratory conditions. Furthermore, a new design for short-term maintenance of libellulid larvae (Anisoptera: Libellulidae) is described. Future scientists who desire to use odonate larvae in laboratory settings should benefit from having access to a synopsis of all previous methods in one review.