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Order Odonata - Dragonflies and Damselflies

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Damselflies of Texas: A field guide
By Abbott J.C.
University of Texas Press. 292 pp., 2011
Order &c. info here

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 damselflies 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: Ed Lam

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

Identification manual for the dragonfly larvae (Anisoptera) of Florida
By Richardson J.S.
Dept Envir. Prot., Tallahassee. 114 pp., 2003

A dazzle of dragonflies
By Mitchell F.L., Lasswell J.L.
Texas A&M University Press. 224 pp., 2005
Excellent popular book written by two experts, with emphasis on Texan fauna, full of magnificent photos and most helpful information. (Was a bargain at B&N, too, when I bought it a couple of years ago.)

Dragonfly Genera of the New World
By Rosser W. Garrison, Natalia von Ellenrieder, Jerry A. Louton
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006
The subtitle is an accurate description: "An illustrated and annotated key to the Anisoptera." The book is a key to the 195 dragonfly genera of the New World. The description of each genus includes drawings, distribution map, list of species with state of classification, a brief description of the genus, and references to literature on individual species.

While the entire hemisphere is treated, the authors consider the book most valuable as a guide to the diverse and obscure drangonflies of the tropics and South America.

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