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Order Odonata - Dragonflies and Damselflies

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Dragonflies of North America, revised edition
By James G. Needham, Minter J. Westfall, Jr., Michael L. May
Scientific Publishers, Inc., 2000
This tricky-to-find, heavy, and expensive book is the definitive book on North American dragonflies. All the Anisoptera of the U.S., Canada, the Greater Antilles, and the northern tier of Mexican states are covered. Not the kind of hefty book one would use as a field guide (although I do carry it in a backpack sometimes), but there are several important features that make this guide absolutely indispensible to anyone serious about dragonfly identification:

-Names, detailed descriptions, and illustrations for all the external features of a dragonfly adult and larva (including detailed diagrams of wing venation, thoracic patterns, and genitalia)

Dragonflies of the North Woods
By Kurt Mead
Adventure Publications, 2003
Kurt's book is very useful for us here in the northern midwest. Excellent work on Aeshna and Somatochlora, among others.

Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Massachusetts
By Blair Nikula, Jennifer L. Loose, Matthew R. Burne
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, 2003
Wonderful photographic guide. For nearly every species, it has two large photographs, one of the male and one of the female. Lots of neat features, including a page of side-by-side comparisons of darners' lateral thoracic stripes.

Dragonflies of Indiana
By James R. Curry
Indiana Academy of Science, 2001
Best book for the midwest; dragonflies only, no damsels.

Dragonflies Through Binoculars: A Field Guide to Dragonflies of North America
By Sidney W. Dunkle
Oxford Press, 2000

Dragonflies of the World
By Jill Silsby
Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001

Insects of Latin America: A Photographic Guide
By Stephen Cresswell
Trox Press, 2016
Useful for species that also occur in our area, particularly in the souther US.

Annotated Checklist of the Neuropterida of Virginia (Arthropoda: Insecta)
By Oliver S. Flint, Jr.
Banisteria, number 45, pages 3-47, 2015

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