Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East

Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East

by Dennis Paulson


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The definitive single-volume fully illustrated guide

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

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691122830
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 01/08/2012
Series: Princeton Field Guides , #80
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 227,999
Product dimensions: 5.46(w) x 8.54(h) x 1.25(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

  • FrontMatter, pg. 1
  • Contents, pg. 5
  • Preface, pg. 7
  • Introduction, pg. 9
  • Natural History of Odonates, pg. 11
  • Odonate Anatomy, pg. 27
  • Odonate Colors, pg. 32
  • Odonate Names, pg. 32
  • Finding Odonates, pg. 33
  • Identifying Odonates, pg. 34
  • Odonate Photography, pg. 36
  • Odonate Collecting and Collections, pg. 37
  • Odonate Threats and Conservation, pg. 40
  • Odonate Research, pg. 42
  • Odonates in the East, pg. 43
  • Explanation of Species Accounts, pg. 43
  • Broad-winged Damsel Family, pg. 49
  • Spreadwing Family, pg. 59
  • Pond Damsel Family, pg. 81
  • Petaltail Family, pg. 165
  • Darner Family, pg. 167
  • Clubtail Family, pg. 207
  • Spiketail Family, pg. 316
  • Cruiser Family, pg. 325
  • Emerald Family, pg. 336
  • Skimmer Family, pg. 399
  • Species Added to the Western Fauna in 2009 and 2010, pg. 519
  • Appendix: Dragonfly Publications and Resources, pg. 521
  • Glossary, pg. 523
  • Index, pg. 527

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From the Publisher

"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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