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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Species Argia oenea - Fiery-eyed Dancer

Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West
By Dennis Paulson
Princeton, 2009
Covers all dragonflies and damselflies of western North America north of Mexico. Excellent photos of every species, many figures of appendages and other details needed for identification.

Should cover most species in the east as well (eastern guide due in the next year or so). Might be a bit heavy for carrying around but otherwise looks great.

Field Guide to The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Algonquin Provincial Park and the Surrounding Area
By Colin D. Jones, Andrea Kingsley, Peter Burke, and Matt Holder
Friends of Algonquin, 2008
This book comes as close to being the perfect field guide for any flora or fauna I have ever seen. It is an illustration-based book that has:

--Complete species descriptions (everything needed to nail an identification, including drawings of terminal ends and other features that need to be seen through a hand lens or microscope)
--Complete coverage of species (all 135 species within Central Ontario are covered)
--Coverage of both dragonflies and damselflies (not many odonata guides do this)

Also no one has ever published a field guide of this caliber for Central Ontario. From my location, North Bay, every species I need covered is covered and very few species listed in this field guide do not occur near North Bay.

The Odonata of Canada and Alaska
By Edmond M. Walker, Philip S. Corbet
University of Toronto Press
Walker, Edmond M. The Odonata of Canada and Alaska. 3 vols. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Volume One published in 1953
Volume Two published in 1958
Volume Three published in 1975 with additional author:

Walker, Edmond M., Philip S. Corbet. The Odonata of Canada and Alaska. Vol. 3. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1975.

This publication has been out of print until recently, and is now in reprint through the University of Toronto Press. Non-original covers, and pages are from high-resolution scans of original text.

Describes and keys out 189 of the 210 species of Odonata currently found in Canada and Alaksa (according to, 12/25/2008), with two additional species described (but not keyed) in the addenda of volume three.

Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata) of Texas, Volume 3
By John Abbott, 2008
Now includes 224 species. Updated seasonality and distributional data, plus new articles.

Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata) of Texas, Volume 2
By John Abbott, 2007
Updated seasonality and distributional data, plus new articles.

Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata) of Texas, Volume 1
By John Abbott, 2006
A reference of distribution maps, county lists, and seasonal presence of the 223 species of odonates in Texas. Excellent data source, but no images.

Dragonflies of North America: A Color and Learn Book
By Kathy Biggs, Tim Manolis (Illustrator)
Azalea Creek Publishing, 2007
Not yet available from ("view at" link won't work).

For more information, or to purchase online, click the image:

Also available in interactive (colorable!) PDF format on CD-ROM

Dragonflies and Damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast
By Giff Beaton
University of Georgia Press, 2007
Finally got my copy in December 2007 and it is excellent:
  • outstanding photographs (most by the author)
  • beautiful graphic design
  • clear range maps and graphics showing phenology
  • detailed (but not ponderously detailed) text
Good job, Giff!