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"Extremely well organized, and very well written. This is a superb treatment. With its impressive number of large, clear images and thorough text, it will immediately become the must-have field guide for western odonate watchers and researchers."--Giff Beaton, author of Dragonflies and Damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast

"Dennis Paulson is recognized as one of the very best odonatologists in the world. This is a fine book, and will sell many thousands of copies. The text is...

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"Extremely well organized, and very well written. This is a superb treatment. With its impressive number of large, clear images and thorough text, it will immediately become the must-have field guide for western odonate watchers and researchers."--Giff Beaton, author of Dragonflies and Damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast

"Dennis Paulson is recognized as one of the very best odonatologists in the world. This is a fine book, and will sell many thousands of copies. The text is well organized, and the color photos are gorgeous."--Sidney W. Dunkle, author of Dragonflies through Binoculars

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Honorable Mention for the 2009 National Outdoor Book Award in Nature Guidebooks

"Who knew that there were 348 species of dragonflies and damselflies in the Western United States? That fact alone should make nature lovers who enjoy traveling to wild places want to check out Dennis Paulson's new book, Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West, published by Princeton University Press. . . . This guide includes information on flight seasons, habitat and natural history in the description of each insect as well as helpful tips on how to observe and photograph them."--Salt Lake Tribune

"Bird watching has been a common hobby for centuries, and butterfly watching has become popular in the last few decades. Odonate watching is the newest pastime. Here, Paulson offers a comprehensive guide to Odonata of western North America. . . . This well-written, informative guide is a 'must have' for any person, amateur or scholar, interested in these insects."--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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Bird watching has been a common hobby for centuries, and butterfly watching has become popular in the last few decades. Odonate watching is the newest pastime. Here, Paulson offers a comprehensive guide to Odonata of western North America. . . . This well-written, informative guide is a 'must have' for any person, amateur or scholar, interested in these insects.
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Who knew that there were 348 species of dragonflies and damselflies in the Western United States? That fact alone should make nature lovers who enjoy traveling to wild places want to check out Dennis Paulson's new book, Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West, published by Princeton University Press. . . . This guide includes information on flight seasons, habitat and natural history in the description of each insect as well as helpful tips on how to observe and photograph them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691122809
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/13/2009
  • Series: Princeton Field Guides Series
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Dennis Paulson's books include "Shorebirds of North America" (Princeton) and "Alaska: The Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guide". Now retired, he was director of the Slater Museum of Natural History at the University of Puget Sound.
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Table of Contents


Preface 7
Introduction 9
Natural History of Odonates 11
Odonate Anatomy 22
Odonate Colors 26
Odonate Names 27
Finding Odonates 28
Identifying Odonates 29
Odonate Photography 31
Odonate Collecting and Collections 32
Odonate Threats and Conservation 35
Odonate Research 36
Odonates in the West 37
Explanation of Species Accounts 37
Damselflies (Zygoptera) 41
Broad- winged Damsel Family (Calopterygidae) 41
Spreadwing Family (Lestidae) 50
Pond Damsel Family (Coenagrionidae) 73
Shadowdamsel Family (Platystictidae) 184
Threadtail Family (Protoneuridae) 186
Dragonflies (Anisoptera) 191
Petaltail Family (Petaluridae) 191
Darner Family (Aeshnidae) 194
Clubtail Family (Gomphidae) 237
Spiketail Family (Cordulegastridae) 308
Cruiser Family (Macromiidae) 314
Emerald Family (Corduliidae) 323
Skimmer Family (Libellulidae) 372
Species Added to the Western Fauna 519
Appendix: Dragonfly Publications and Resources 521
Glossary 523
Index 527
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