Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East

Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East

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by Dennis Paulson
     
 

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This is the first fully illustrated guide to all 336 dragonfly and damselfly species of eastern North America--from the rivers of Manitoba to the Florida cypress swamps--and the companion volume to Dennis Paulson's acclaimed field guide to the dragonflies and damselflies of the West. Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East features hundreds of color photos

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This is the first fully illustrated guide to all 336 dragonfly and damselfly species of eastern North America--from the rivers of Manitoba to the Florida cypress swamps--and the companion volume to Dennis Paulson's acclaimed field guide to the dragonflies and damselflies of the West. Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East features hundreds of color photos that depict all the species found in the region, detailed line drawings to aid in-hand identification, and a color distribution map for every species--and the book's compact size and user-friendly design make it the only guide you need in the field. Species accounts describe key identification features, distribution, flight season, similar species, habitat, and natural history. Paulson's authoritative introduction offers a primer on dragonfly biology and identification, and also includes tips on how to study and photograph these stunningly beautiful insects.

  • Illustrates all 336 eastern species
  • Features hundreds of full-color photos
  • Includes detailed species accounts, line drawings to aid identification, and a color distribution map for every species
  • Offers helpful tips for the dragonfly enthusiast

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.
From the Publisher

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400839667
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
12/19/2011
Series:
Princeton Field Guides
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
544
File size:
136 MB
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Meet the Author

PaulsonDennis: 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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Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very helpful and interesting to read and study upon. Reading about dragon flies and damselflies may not be that very interesting or not interesting at all to others, but I actually enjoyed this book and honestly I don't read about insects a lot. When I read this book, it pulled me right in and gave me a lot of feedback that I never knew about dragonflies. The book showed me and told me very interesting facts, like how the dragonflies can mate and even how the can live and breathe underwater. The book is very interesting overall, and I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about insects, or finds dragonflies and damselflies interesting to learn about.