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Species Argia apicalis - Blue-fronted Dancer

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Dragonflies (Wild Guide)
By Cynthia Berger, Amelia Hansen
Stackpole Books, 2004
An introduction to odonate life history and identification, illustrated with good-to-excellent color artwork. There is one especially useful illustration of abdominal appendages. Has species accounts for 45 notable species (6 damselflies and 39 dragonflies) from the Great Lakes area. These accounts are illustrated with excellent paintings by Amelia Hansen. These are portraits, showing life-like postures, and not meant to be detailed enough for fine points of identification. The species accounts give life history information as well as detailed explanations of scientific names--not seen in other popular works.

Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States
By John C. Abbott
Princeton University Press, 2005
Has color photos plus extensive species accounts, range maps, anatomic diagrams. Covers 85 damselfly, and 178 dragonfly, species found in New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas.

Common Dragonflies of the Southwest
By Kathy Biggs
Azalea Creek Pub, 2004
Good photos, with discussion of identification and very brief discussion of range, flight season, and habitat. A companion web site (http://southwestdragonflies.net/) has more detailed range maps. The book covers about 70 species of dragonflies and about 40 species of damselflies.

Les odonates du Quebec
By Jean-Guy Pilon and Denise Lagace
Entomofaune du Quebec, 1998
A detailed technical reference for French speakers.

Dragonflies and Damselflies of California
By Tim Manolis
University of California Press, 2003

Dragonflies of Washington
By Dennis Paulson
Seattle Audubon Society, 1999
$6 booklet with nice introduction to Odonata of the Northwest

Dragonflies of the Florida Peninsula, Bermuda, and the Bahamas
By Sidney W. Dunkle
Scientific Publishers, 1989
Out of print, but worth having if you can find it. Has much larger photos than Dunkle's new book, Dragonflies Through Binoculars, though the coverage is limited.

Dragonflies (Natural World Series)
By Steve Brooks
Smithsonian Books/The Natural History Museum, London, 2003
Good life history information. Emphasizes European species.

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