Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West

Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West

by Dennis Paulson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691122816
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 05/03/2009
Series: Princeton Field Guides , #49
Pages: 536
Sales rank: 582,148
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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.

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

What People are Saying About This

Giff Beaton

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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