Dragonflies of Texas: A Field Guide

Dragonflies of Texas: A Field Guide

by John C. Abbott


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292714489
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 03/15/2015
Series: Texas Natural History Guides
Pages: 466
Sales rank: 1,272,360
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.10(h) x 4.10(d)

About the Author

John C. Abbott is Director of St. Edward’s University Wild Basin Creative Research Center. He is the author of the companion book Damselflies of Texas: A Field Guide and the more specialized volume Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
    • What Is a Dragonfly?
    • Dragonfly Anatomy
      • Head
      • Thorax
      • Wings
      • Abdomen
      • Sexes
      • Coloration
    • Life History of Dragonflies
      • Egg
      • Nymph
      • Adult
      • Reproduction
      • Flight
      • Vision
    • Texas Biotic Provinces
    • Dragonfly Habitats
    • Conservation
    • Odonate Names
    • Photographing Dragonflies
    • The Value of Odonate Collections
    • How to Identify Dragonflies
    • How to Use the Species Accounts
  • Species Accounts
    • Petaltails
      • Gray Petaltail (Tachopteryx thoreyi)
    • Darners
      • Persephone’s Darner (Aeshna persephone)
      • Shadow Darner (Aeshna umbrosa)
      • Amazon Darner (Anax amazili)
      • Blue-spotted Comet Darner (Anax concolor)
      • Comet Darner (Anax longipes)
      • Common Green Darner (Anax junius)
      • Giant Darner (Anax walsinghami)
      • Springtime Darner (Basiaeschna janata)
      • Fawn Darner (Boyeria vinosa)
      • Blue-faced Darner (Coryphaeschna adnexa)
      • Regal Darner (Coryphaeschna ingens)
      • Swamp Darner (Epiaeschna heros)
      • Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeschna furcillata)
      • Bar-sided Darner (Gynacantha mexicana)
      • Cyrano Darner (Nasiaeschna pentacantha)
      • Arroyo Darner (Rhionaeschna dugesi)
      • Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor)
      • Turquoise-tipped Darner (Rhionaeschna psilus)
      • Caribbean Darner (Triacanthagyna caribbea)
      • Pale-green Darner (Triacanthagyna septima)
    • Clubtails
      • Broad-striped Forceptail (Aphylla angustifolia)
      • Narrow-striped Forceptail (Aphylla protracta)
      • Two-striped Forceptail (Aphylla williamsoni)
      • Stillwater Clubtail (Arigomphus lentulus)
      • Bayou Clubtail (Arigomphus maxwelli)
      • Jade Clubtail (Arigomphus submedianus)
      • Black-shouldered Spinyleg (Dromogomphus spinosus)
      • Flag-tailed Spinyleg (Dromogomphus spoliatus)
      • White-belted Ringtail (Erpetogomphus compositus)
      • Eastern Ringtail (Erpetogomphus designatus)
      • Dashed Ringtail (Erpetogomphus heterodon)
      • Serpent Ringtail (Erpetogomphus lampropeltis)
      • Blue-faced Ringtail (Erpetogomphus eutainia)
      • Banner Clubtail (Gomphus apomyius)
      • Plains Clubtail (Gomphus externus)
      • Tamaulipan Clubtail (Gomphus gonzalezi)
      • Cocoa Clubtail (Gomphus hybridus)
      • Gulf Coast Clubtail (Gomphus modestus)
      • Cobra Clubtail (Gomphus vastus)
      • Ashy Clubtail (Gomphus lividus)
      • Pronghorn Clubtail (Gomphus graslinellus)
      • Sulphur-tipped Clubtail (Gomphus militaris)
      • Oklahoma Clubtail (Gomphus oklahomensis)
      • Dragonhunter (Hagenius brevistylus)
      • Ringed Forceptail (Phyllocycla breviphylla)
      • Five-striped Leaftail (Phyllogomphoides albrighti)
      • Four-striped Leaftail (Phyllogomphoides stigmatus)
      • Gray Sanddragon (Progomphus borealis)
      • Common Sanddragon (Progomphus obscurus)
      • Brimstone Clubtail (Stylurus intricatus)
      • Laura’s Clubtail (Stylurus laurae)
      • Russet-tipped Clubtail (Stylurus plagiatus)
    • Spiketails
      • Twin-spotted Spiketail (Cordulegaster maculata)
      • Arrowhead Spiketail (Cordulegaster obliqua)
      • Sarracenia Spiketail (Cordulegaster sarracenia)
    • Cruisers
      • Stream Cruiser (Didymops transversa)
      • Bronzed Cruiser (Macromia annulata)
      • Swift River Cruiser (Macromia illinoiensis)
      • Gilded River Cruiser (Macromia pacifica)
      • Royal River Cruiser (Macromia taeniolata)
    • Emeralds
      • Prince Baskettail (Epitheca princeps)
      • Slender Baskettail (Epitheca costalis)
      • Common Baskettail (Epitheca cynosura)
      • Dot-winged Baskettail (Epitheca petechialis)
      • Mantled Baskettail (Epitheca semiaquea)
      • Robust Baskettail (Epitheca spinosa)
      • Selys’s Sundragon (Helocordulia selysii)
      • Alabama Shadowdragon (Neurocordulia alabamensis)
      • Smoky Shadowdragon (Neurocordulia molesta)
      • Orange Shadowdragon (Neurocordulia xanthosoma)
      • Fine-lined Emerald (Somatochlora filosa)
      • Coppery Emerald (Somatochlora georgiana)
      • Mocha Emerald (Somatochlora linearis)
      • Texas Emerald (Somatochlora margarita)
      • Clamp-tipped Emerald (Somatochlora tenebrosa)
    • Skimmers
      • Red-tailed Pennant (Brachymesia furcata)
      • Four-spotted Pennant (Brachymesia gravida)
      • Tawny Pennant (Brachymesia herbida)
      • Pale-faced Clubskimmer (Brechmorhoga mendax)
      • Slender Clubskimmer (Brechmorhoga praecox)
      • Gray-waisted Skimmer (Cannaphila insularis)
      • Amanda’s Pennant (Celithemis amanda)
      • Calico Pennant (Celithemis elisa)
      • Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina)
      • Banded Pennant (Celithemis fasciata)
      • Ornate Pennant (Celithemis ornata)
      • Double-ringed Pennant (Celithemis verna)
      • Checkered Setwing (Dythemis fugax)
      • Black Setwing (Dythemis nigrescens)
      • Swift Setwing (Dythemis velox)
      • Mayan Setwing (Dythemis maya)
      • Western Pondhawk (Erythemis collocata)
      • Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis)
      • Great Pondhawk (Erythemis vesiculosa)
      • Black Pondhawk (Erythemis attala)
      • Pin-tailed Pondhawk (Erythemis plebeja)
      • Claret Pondhawk (Erythemis mithroides)
      • Flame-tailed Pondhawk (Erythemis peruviana)
      • Seaside Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax berenice)
      • Red-mantled Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax fervida)
      • Plateau Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax basifusca)
      • Red-faced Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax fusca)
      • Little Blue Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax minuscula)
      • Black-winged Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax funerea)
      • Band-winged Dragonlet (Erythrdodiplax umbrata)
      • Metallic Pennant (Idiataphe cubensis)
      • Blue Corporal (Ladona deplanata)
      • Golden-winged Skimmer (Libellula auripennis)
      • Needham’s Skimmer (Libellula needhami)
      • Bar-winged Skimmer (Libellula axilena)
      • Slaty Skimmer (Libellula incesta)
      • Great Blue Skimmer (Libellula vibrans)
      • Bleached Skimmer (Libellula composita)
      • Comanche Skimmer (Libellula comanche)
      • Spangled Skimmer (Libellula cyanea)
      • Yellow-sided Skimmer (Libellula flavida)
      • Neon Skimmer (Libellula croceipennis)
      • Flame Skimmer (Libellula saturata)
      • Red-mantled Skimmer (Libellula gaigei)
      • Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)
      • Twelve-spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella)
      • Painted Skimmer (Libellula semifasciata)
      • Marl Pennant (Macrodiplax balteata)
      • Ivory-striped Sylph (Macrothemis imitans)
      • Straw-colored Sylph (Macrothemis inacuta)
      • Jade-striped Sylph (Macrothemis inequiunguis)
      • Hyacinth Glider (Miathyria marcella)
      • Spot-tailed Dasher (Micrathyria aequalis)
      • Three-striped Dasher (Micrathyria didyma)
      • Caribbean Dasher (Micrathyria dissocians)
      • Thornbush Dasher (Micrathyria hagenii)
      • Carmine Skimmer (Orthemis discolor)
      • Roseate Skimmer (Orthemis ferruginea)
      • Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)
      • Red Rock Skimmer (Paltothemis lineatipes)
      • Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens)
      • Spot-winged Glider (Pantala hymenaea)
      • Slough Amberwing (Perithemis domitia)
      • Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis tenera)
      • Mexican Scarlet-tail (Planiplax sanguiniventris)
      • Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia)
      • Desert Whitetail (Plathemis subornata)
      • Filigree Skimmer (Pseudoleon superbus)
      • Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum)
      • Cardinal Meadowhawk (Sympetrum illotum)
      • Blue-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum ambiguum)
      • Cherry-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum internum)
      • Striped Meadowhawk (Sympetrum pallipes)
      • Band-winged Meadowhawk (Sympetrum semicinctum)
      • Autumn Meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum)
      • Arch-tipped Glider (Tauriphila argo)
      • Aztec Glider (Tauriphila azteca)
      • Evening Skimmer (Tholymis citrina)
      • Vermilion Saddlebags (Tramea abdominalis)
      • Antillean Saddlebags (Tramea insularis)
      • Striped Saddlebags (Tramea calverti)
      • Carolina Saddlebags (Tramea carolina)
      • Red Saddlebags (Tramea onusta)
      • Black Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata)
  • Appendix A. Species That May Eventually Occur in Texas
  • Appendix B. Conservation Status Ranks for Texas Dragonflies
  • Appendix C. Seasonality of Texas Dragonflies
  • Appendix D. Dragonfly Publications and Resources
  • Glossary
  • References
  • Photographer Credits
  • Index of Common Names
  • Index of Scientific Names

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