Damselflies of Texas: A Field Guide

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On any warm summer day, you can easily observe damselflies around a vegetated pond or the rocks along the banks of a stream. Like the more familiar dragonfly, damselflies are among the most remarkably distinctive insects in their appearance and biology, and they have become one of the most popular creatures sought by avocational naturalists.
Damselflies of Texas is the first field guide dedicated specifically to the species found in Texas. It covers 77 of the 138 species of ...
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Overview

On any warm summer day, you can easily observe damselflies around a vegetated pond or the rocks along the banks of a stream. Like the more familiar dragonfly, damselflies are among the most remarkably distinctive insects in their appearance and biology, and they have become one of the most popular creatures sought by avocational naturalists.
Damselflies of Texas is the first field guide dedicated specifically to the species found in Texas. It covers 77 of the 138 species of damselflies known in North America, making it a very useful guide for the entire United States. Each species account includes:
• illustrations of as many forms (male, female, juvenile, mature, and color morphs) as possible
• common and scientific names, with pronunciation
• distribution map
• key features
• identifying characteristics
• discussion of similar species
• status in Texas
• habitat, seasonality, and general comments
In addition to photographing damselflies in the wild, the author and illustrator have developed a new process for illustrating each species by scanning preserved specimens and digitally painting them. The resulting illustrations show detail that is not visible in photographs. The book also contains chapters on damselfly anatomy, life history, conservation, names, and photography, as well as a list of species that may eventually be discovered in Texas, state and global conservation rankings, seasonality of all species in chronological order, and additional resources and publications on the identification of damselflies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292714496
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 1,000,695
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN C. ABBOTT is Curator of Entomology for the Texas Natural Science Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He has published many papers on aquatic insects, including dragonflies and damselflies, and is the author of the more specialized volume Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States.
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Table of Contents

PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INTRODUCTION
What Is a Damselfly?
Damselfly Anatomy
Head
Thorax
Wings
Abdomen
Sexes
Coloration
Life History of Damselflies
Egg
Nymph
Adult
Reproduction
Flight
Vision
Creating the Illustrations in the Book
Texas Biotic Provinces
Damselfly Habitats
Conservation
Odonate Names
Photographing Damselflies
The Value of Odonate Collections
How to Identify Damselflies
How to Use the Species Accounts

SPECIES ACCOUNTS
Family Calopterygidae
Broad-winged Damselflies
Sparkling Jewelwing
Ebony Jewelwing
American Rubyspot
Canyon Rubyspot
Smoky Rubyspot
Family Lestidae
Spreadwings
Great Spreadwing
Plateau Spreadwing
Southern Spreadwing
Rainpool Spreadwing
Blue-striped Spreadwing
Elegant Spreadwing
Slender Spreadwing
Chalky Spreadwing
Lyre-tipped Spreadwing
Swamp Spreadwing
Family Protoneuridae
Threadtails
Coral-fronted Threadtail
Amelia's Threadtail
Orange-striped Threadtail
Family Coenagrionidae
Pond Damsels
Paiute Dancer
Blue-ringed Dancer
Blue-fronted Dancer
Powdered Dancer
Sooty Dancer
Golden-winged Dancer
Blue-tipped Dancer
Tezpi Dancer
Dusky Dancer
Comanche Dancer
Apache Dancer
Springwater Dancer
Seepage Dancer
Leonora's Dancer
Aztec Dancer
Variable Dancer
Lavender Dancer
Kiowa Dancer
Amethyst Dancer
Coppery Dancer
Fiery-eyed Dancer
Burgundy Bluet
Orange Bluet
Vesper Bluet
Alkali Bluet
Arroyo Bluet
Double-striped Bluet
Familiar Bluet
Atlantic Bluet
Big Bluet
Tule Bluet
Rainbow Bluet
Azure Bluet
Attenuated Bluet
Turquoise Bluet
Stream Bluet
Skimming Bluet
Slender Bluet
Neotropical Bluet
Caribbean Yellowface
Mexican Wedgetail
Painted Damsel
Rambur's Forktail
Desert Forktail
Eastern Forktail
Mexican Forktail
Plains Forktail
Black-fronted Forktail
Citrine Forktail
Lilypad Forktail
Fragile Forktail
Furtive Forktail
Cream-tipped Swampdamsel
Red-tipped Swampdamsel
Sphagnum Sprite
Southern Sprite
Everglades Sprite
Duckweed Firetail
Desert Firetail

APPENDIX A. Species That May Eventually Occur in Texas
APPENDIX B. Conservation Status Ranks for Texas Damselflies
APPENDIX C. Seasonality of Texas Damselflies
APPENDIX D. Damselfly Publications and Resources
GLOSSARY
REFERENCES
INDEXES

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