Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
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
ISBN: 978-1-894993-29-6
Cite: 255766 with citation markup [cite:255766]
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.

Other notable features of this field guide include are arrows to prominent features and flight period diagrams.

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I totally concur!!!
I also think this is perhaps the very best for NE N Am in general, with excellent natural history info as well...With a little expansion, would be the perfect guide for the whole NE quadrant, quite a mean feat! I regularly refer to it for the species found in Atlantic Canada, as it is missing virtually none. For Ne New England, a combo of this and Ed Lam's damselfly book would come pretty darn close...I am really looking forward to Dennis Paulson's guide for E N Am due out soon!