Dragonflies And Damselflies Of West, 1st Edition

  • Dennis Paulson
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  • ISBN-10: 1400832942
  • ISBN-13: 9781400832941
  • DDC: 595.7
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 235 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released January 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES OF THE WEST is the first fully illustrated field guide to all 348 species of dragonflies and damselflies in western North America. Dragonflies and damselflies are large, stunningly beautiful insects, as readily observable as birds and butterflies. This unique guide makes identifying them easy, its compact size and user-friendly design make it the only guide you need in the field. Every species is generously illustrated with full-color photographs and a distribution map, and structural features are illustrated where they aid in-hand identification. Detailed species accounts include information on size, distribution, flight season, similar species, habitat, and natural history. Dennis Paulson's introduction provides an essential primer on the biology, natural history, and conservation of these important and fascinating insects, along with helpful tips on how to observe and photograph them.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Natural History of Odonates.
2: Odonate Anatomy.
3: Odonate Colors.
4: Odonate Names.
5: Finding Odonates.
6: Identifying Odonates.
7: Odonate Photography.
8: Odonate Collecting and Collections.
9: Odonate Threats and Conservation.
10: Odonate Research.
11: Odonates in the West.
12: Explanation of Species Accounts.
13: Damselflies Zygoptera.
14: Broad-winged Damsel Family Calopterygidae.
15: Spreadwing Family Lestidae.
16: Pond Damsel Family Coenagrionidae.
17: Shadowdamsel Family Platystictidae.
18: Threadtail Family Protoneuridae.
19: Dragonflies Anisoptera.
20: Petaltail Family Petaluridae.
21: Darner Family Aeshnidae.
22: Clubtail Family Gomphidae.
23: Spiketail Family Cordulegastridae.
24: Cruiser Family Macromiidae.
25: Emerald Family Corduliidae.
26: Skimmer Family Libellulidae.
27: Species Added to the Western Fauna in 2008.
Dragonfly Publications and Resources.