Dragonflies through Binoculars: A Field Guide to Dragonflies of North America

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Dragonfly watching is fast becoming an enjoyable and exciting hobby for many of those who love butterfly watching.

This book picks up on that trend and brings it to the reader in an attractive and accessible format. A new addition to Oxford's acclaimed Butterflies through Binoculars series of field guides, Dragonflies through Binoculars allows for quick and easy identification of all the 300-plus species of dragonflies that have been found in the United States and Canada. In ...

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Overview

Dragonfly watching is fast becoming an enjoyable and exciting hobby for many of those who love butterfly watching.

This book picks up on that trend and brings it to the reader in an attractive and accessible format. A new addition to Oxford's acclaimed Butterflies through Binoculars series of field guides, Dragonflies through Binoculars allows for quick and easy identification of all the 300-plus species of dragonflies that have been found in the United States and Canada. In these well-illustrated pages, Sidney W. Dunkle answers any query the beginner or expert might have on the subject of dragonfly-watching on this continent—what kind of binoculars to buy, where to start looking for dragonflies, how to photograph these striking creatures, which clubs or societies to join, and so forth. Other important features for this handy field guide include detailed accounts of every species mentioned, useful information on habitats, explanations of mating rituals, full-color photographs of most of the species described, and range maps.

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"Dragonflies have been around for over 250 million years, and it's about time they got the recognition they deserve...Now that shortcoming has been rectified for the 307 North American species in Dragonflies Through Binoculars, a compact book full of information...[Sidney W. Dunkle] has succeeded admirably with this volume, which is sure to delight the ever-increasing ranks of dragonfly enthusiasts...The range maps alone are worth the price of the book...Buy this book and spend a sunny summer afternoon along the shore of a stream, pond, or lake; your life will be transformed." — Dennis R. Paulson, Science

"This long anticipated field guide has filled one of the major identification gaps for the general naturalist in North America.... The species accounts...contain a wealth of previously unrecorded biological and field identification information."—Audubon Naturalist News

"Until now...there has not been a good field guide for the dragonflies of North America. The new Dragonflies through Binoculars fills this need, and is sure to swell the ranks of those pursuing these fast-fliers.... The 47 color plates illustrate all but 14 of the 307 species of dragonflies found in North America....Each species has a very complete written account that provides extensive details on identification, comparisons with similar species, habitat notes, and information on seasonal occurrence. The author's personal comments on each species are particularly helpful, and reveal Dunkle's extensive knowledge and passion for dragonflies."—Birding Business

"More than just a field guide, Dragonflies through Binoculars describes the habitual, seasonal occurrence, and natural history of 307 species of dragonflies."—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Sidney W. Dunkle is a professor at Collin County Community College in Texas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2004

    Effective but difficult for beginners to learn from

    Not a good guide for a beginner, but very detailed descriptions and photos of North American Dragonflies. Also, does not include clear information on some behaviors of each species.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2002

    Helpful field guide for dragonfly ID

    This is a helpful field guide for identifying dragonflies. Well written and thorough text answers questions for all interested in odonates. Photos are useful but could be confusing for certain darners and clubtails. Use this field guide with others on dragonflies or check websites with dragonfly pictures to assist in IDs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2001

    A must-own for those interested in insects

    This field guide is very useful for indentifying dragonflies. The pictures are clear and pleasing to the eye. The text is easy to read and provides good information. Highly recommended for those interested in insects. Together with a good pair of binoculars, this guide makes enjoying dragonflies easy. I only wish that a damselfly guide was available as well.

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    Posted October 28, 2008

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