Species Libellula semifasciata - Painted Skimmer
Dragonflies and Damselfies of LouisianaBy 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.
Field Guide to The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Algonquin Provincial Park and the Surrounding AreaBy 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 AlaskaBy 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 www.odonatacentral.org, 12/25/2008), with two additional species described (but not keyed) in the addenda of volume three.