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Damselflies of Texas: A field guide
By J.C. Abbott
University of Texas Press. 292 pp., 632 color photos, 79 b&w illus., 80 maps, 4 tables, 2011
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Damselflies of North America
By Minter J., Jr Westfall, Michael L. May
Scientific Pub, 1996
A very scholarly work (common names are never mentioned at all). This is the bible for entomologists who work with damselflies. Some color plates and many highly detailed and magnified illustrations. Geographic coverage includes Canada, the United States, the northernmost Mexican states, and the Greater Antilles.

Damselflies of the Northeast
By Ed Lam
Biodiversity Books, 2004
A lovely little book, just under 100 pages. Covers all 69 species/forms of damselflies from the northeastern US (Virginia northward) and eastern Canada. It should be useful for all of the eastern US. Each species account is a full page and includes: life history, range map, flight dates, identification tips, detailed illustrations of both sexes, and smaller diagrams showing anatomic details. There is an introduction to damseflies with detailed diagrams explaining anatomic terms, and there are two pages of references. The book has superior typography and design.

Available directly from the publisher/author, $20 plus shipping:

Common Dragonflies and Damselflies of Eastern North America
By Richard K. Walton and Greg Dodge
Brownbag Productions, 2004
Stunning close-up videos of common dragonflies and damselflies. Video showing behavior and a variety of angles is a great supplement to a field guide. 50 widespread eastern species are covered in a one-hour DVD. Sequences show life cycle and habitats, so it is more than a field guide.

Coverage of North Carolina species is particularly good, since one of the authors is based there. The footage of damselflies is especially welcome, since there is no in-print field guide for the eastern US.

My only wish is for a booklet to accompany it, and subtitles. (There are explanatory notes included in the DVD.) My copy had one minor glitch that only showed up on one DVD player, but not on another. This was not a fatal flaw, only annoying. (I have seen similar problems on other commercial DVD's.)

Damselflies of Florida, Bermuda, and the Bahamas
By Sidney W. Dunkle
Scientific Publishers, 1991

Dragonflies and damselflies of the East
By D. Paulson
Princeton University Press. 576 pp., 2012

Dragonflies and Damselflies of Oregon - A Field Guide
By Cary Kerst and Steve Gordon
Oregon State University Press, Corvallis, OR, 2011

Dragonflies and Damselfies of Louisiana
By Michael L. Ferro, Katherine A. Parys, Matthew L. Gimmel, Gayle Strickland, Jeanell Strickland
Louisiana State Arthropod Museum, 2010
Celebrate the beauty and diversity of nature with this field guide to Louisiana’s dragonflies and damselflies. This level of detail can’t be found in any other guide currently available; it provides both top and side high resolution scanned images of 118 species of dragonflies and damselflies known from the state of Louisiana and adjoining states. All species are represented by life-sized images, and smaller species are shown as both life-sized and enlarged images. In addition, both male and female specimens are provided for most species. A photographic "head shot" of each species is also included and most species showing variation in color pattern are represented by multiple photographs.

 
 
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