Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East

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"Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East is by far the most complete treatment of its kind. It is chock-full of interesting and useful information, and the illustrations are excellent. Paulson is one of the top experts in this field and his book reflects that extensive knowledge on every page."?Giff Beaton, author of Dragonflies and Damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast

"Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East is superbly organized, concisely written, and beautifully ...

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Overview

"Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East is by far the most complete treatment of its kind. It is chock-full of interesting and useful information, and the illustrations are excellent. Paulson is one of the top experts in this field and his book reflects that extensive knowledge on every page."—Giff Beaton, author of Dragonflies and Damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast

"Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East is superbly organized, concisely written, and beautifully illustrated. It combines the strengths of a field guide with the invaluable technical information of a manual. As such, the reader will have a strong tool in his or her possession. There really is no other book like it."—Allen E. Barlow, senior author of Field Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of New Jersey

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Editorial Reviews

Michigan Odonotes
I truly believe that if there is such a thing as the 'must-have' book, Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East is IT. . . . It contains all 336 species of Odonata that have been found in eastern North America. Not just dragons or just damsels, [but] all Odonata. That means ONE book for everything. It has excellent full-color photographs that are large enough to see many of coloration and patterns that are important. . . . The species accounts are well-done with reference to similar species when appropriate. The natural history summaries for genera are very good, and valuable information for any ode enthusiast.
— Mark O'Brien
GrrlScientist
This is a beautiful book, a joy to hold and to look at. Although it is a paperback, it is printed on sturdy glossy paper that will hold up well in the field. . . . [I] recommend it as an essential field guide to the dragonflies.
— Devorah Bennu
Choice
[A] terrific volume that will be very popular among odonate enthusiasts in the East.
Michigan Odonotes - Mark O'Brien
I truly believe that if there is such a thing as the 'must-have' book, Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East is IT. . . . It contains all 336 species of Odonata that have been found in eastern North America. Not just dragons or just damsels, [but] all Odonata. That means ONE book for everything. It has excellent full-color photographs that are large enough to see many of coloration and patterns that are important. . . . The species accounts are well-done with reference to similar species when appropriate. The natural history summaries for genera are very good, and valuable information for any ode enthusiast.
GrrlScientist - Devorah Bennu
This is a beautiful book, a joy to hold and to look at. Although it is a paperback, it is printed on sturdy glossy paper that will hold up well in the field. . . . [I] recommend it as an essential field guide to the dragonflies.
10,000 Birds - Donna Schulman
This is an excellent landmark field guide that belongs in every naturalist's collection.
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"I truly believe that if there is such a thing as the 'must-have' book, Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East is IT. . . . It contains all 336 species of Odonata that have been found in eastern North America. Not just dragons or just damsels, [but] all Odonata. That means ONE book for everything. It has excellent full-color photographs that are large enough to see many of coloration and patterns that are important. . . . The species accounts are well-done with reference to similar species when appropriate. The natural history summaries for genera are very good, and valuable information for any ode enthusiast."—Mark O'Brien, Michigan Odonotes blog

"This is a beautiful book, a joy to hold and to look at. Although it is a paperback, it is printed on sturdy glossy paper that will hold up well in the field. . . . [I] recommend it as an essential field guide to the dragonflies."—Devorah Bennu, GrrlScientist blog

"This is an excellent landmark field guide that belongs in every naturalist's collection."—Donna Schulman, 10,000 Birds

"[A] terrific volume that will be very popular among odonate enthusiasts in the East."—Choice

"[T]hese volumes are obviously authoritative, comprehensive and clearly designed with the needs of the naturalist in mind. The photographs are excellent and . . . the text makes up for the unavoidable shortcomings of a photo-guide by including full descriptions of each species. Altogether, these two volumes constitute a complete, highly informative and beautifully illustrated guide to the Odonata of North America."—Guy Padfield, UKbutterflies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691122830
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 1/8/2012
  • Series: Princeton Field Guides
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 140,465
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Paulson's books include "Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West" and "Shorebirds of North America" (both Princeton). Now retired, he was director of the Slater Museum of Natural History at the University of Puget Sound.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    This is a must have book for odonates!

    I have 6 other field guides that I use for identifying dragonflies and damselflies. All of them are useful, but this guide puts together more useful information than any of the other guides, and it will be my first source for help in identification from now on. The layout is clear and well ordered. The sketching of male appendages and female mesostigmal plates is well done. The photos are the best, most complete collection I have seen.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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