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Dragonflies and Damselflies of Oregon: A Field Guide

Dragonflies and Damselflies of Oregon: A Field Guide

by Cary Kerst, Steve Gordon


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"The first field guide devoted solely to Oregon's fascinating and abundant Odonates, Dragonflies and Damselflies of Oregon features stunning full-color photographs of every species currently known in Oregon, along with helpful identification tips.

Intended for naturalists, conservationists, and wildlife enthusiasts—amateur and experienced alike—Dragonflies and Damselflies of Oregon includes detailed species accounts with information on size, distribution, habitat, and natural history. This essential reference presents the life cycle and larval habits, photographs of the larvae of families, and maps of the Oregon range for each species.

• Full-color photographs of all species known in Oregon

• 91 species descriptions, with ID charts and illustrations

• Description of 30 best Oregon sites to observe dragonflies

• Useful appendices and index


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780870715891
Publisher: Oregon State University Press
Publication date: 05/15/2011
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 879,818
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Cary Kerst is an aquatic entomologist retired from a career in environmental sciences. He has conducted professional aquatic insect studies on local rivers and streams and authored scientific articles on Caddisflies, Dragonflies, Damselflies, and Stoneflies.

After retiring from thirty years as a planner for the Lane Council of Governments, longtime birder Steve Gordon became interested in Odonates. He is a contributing author for Birds of Oregon: Status and Distribution and Birds of Lane County, Oregon and co-author, with Cary Kerst, of Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Willamette Valley, Oregon.

Table of Contents

List of Figures viii

List of Maps viii

List of Identification Charts ix

Acknowledgements x

Credits xi

I Introduction 12

Life History 14

Odonate Morphology 20

Keys to Oregon Families 24

II Oregon Geography and Odonate Distribution 27

III Species Accounts 56

A. Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Families 59

Petaltails (Petaluridae) 59

Spiketails (Cordulegastridae) 65

Cruisers (Macromiidae) 69

Darners (Aeshnidae) 72

Clubtails (Gomphidae) 104

Emeralds (Corduliidae) 128

Skimmers (Libellulidae) 147

B. Damselfly (Zygoptera) Families 221

Broadwings (Calopterygidae) 221

Spreadzuings (Lestidae) 226

Pond Damsels (Coenagrionidae) 242

Appendices 289

A Oregon Dragonfly and Damselfly Checklist 289

B Adult Flight Season Chart 292

C Oregon Odonate Abundance by Month 295

D Name Changes 296

References 297

Index 300

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