Damselflies of Alberta: Flying Neon Toothpicks in the Grass

Overview

With iridescent blues and greens, damselflies are some of the most beautiful flying insects as well as the most primitive. As members of the insect order Odonata they are related to dragonflies but are classified in a separate suborder. These aquatic insects are a delight to the eye and a fascinating creature of study. In Damselflies of Alberta, naturalist John Acorn describes the twenty-two species native to the province. Exhaustively researched, yet written in an accessible style, the author's enthusiasm for ...
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Overview

With iridescent blues and greens, damselflies are some of the most beautiful flying insects as well as the most primitive. As members of the insect order Odonata they are related to dragonflies but are classified in a separate suborder. These aquatic insects are a delight to the eye and a fascinating creature of study. In Damselflies of Alberta, naturalist John Acorn describes the twenty-two species native to the province. Exhaustively researched, yet written in an accessible style, the author's enthusiasm for these flying neon toothpicks is compelling. More than a field guide, this is a passionate investigation into one of nature's winged marvels of the wetlands.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780888644190
  • Publisher: University of Alberta Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Series: Alberta Insect Series
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

John Acorn, a lifelong Albertan, lives in Edmonton with his wife Dena and their two boys, Jesse and Benjamin. When John isn’t chasing dinosaur bones or ladybugs, and writing books about them, he can be found lecturing at the University of Alberta, serving as spokesperson for the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, or addressing a variety of scientific and naturalist groups across North America. In 2008, he received NSERC's Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion.

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Table of Contents

1 Flying neon toothpicks? : an introduction to damselflies 1
2 A day in the life of a damselfly 9
3 Damselflies and wetlands 19
4 The history of damselfly study in Alberta 23
5 How to study damselflies 35
6 Damselfly conservation in Alberta 43
7 The damselflies of Alberta 51
App. 1 Checklist of Alberta damselflies 129
App. 2 Key to the adult damselflies of Alberta 131
App. 3 Helpful sources for damselfly study 139
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