Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West

Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West

by Dennis Paulson

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Overview

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



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691122816
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 05/03/2009
Series: Princeton Field Guides , #47
Pages: 536
Sales rank: 510,535
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"

From the Publisher

"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

Dunkle

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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