Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West is the first fully illustrated field guide to all 348 species of dragonflies and damselflies in western North America. Dragonflies and damselflies are large, stunningly beautiful insects, as readily observable as birds and butterflies. This unique guide makes identifying them easy--its compact size and user-friendly design make it the only guide you need in the field. Every species is generously illustrated with full-color photographs and a distribution map, and structural features are illustrated where they aid in-hand identification. Detailed species accounts include information on size, distribution, flight season, similar species, habitat, and natural history. Dennis Paulson's introduction provides an essential primer on the biology, natural history, and conservation of these important and fascinating insects, along with helpful tips on how to observe and photograph them.
Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West is the field guide naturalists, conservationists, and dragonfly enthusiasts have been waiting for.
- Covers all 348 western species in detail
- Features a wealth of color photographs
- Provides a color distribution map for every species
- Includes helpful identification tips
- Serves as an essential introduction to dragonflies and their natural history
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
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
What People are Saying About This
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"
Most Helpful Customer Reviews