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Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East

Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East

Dennis Paulson
Copyright Date: 2011
Pages: 576
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    Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East
    Book Description:

    This is the first fully illustrated guide to all 336 dragonfly and damselfly species of eastern North America--from the rivers of Manitoba to the Florida cypress swamps--and the companion volume to Dennis Paulson's acclaimed field guide to the dragonflies and damselflies of the West.Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Eastfeatures hundreds of color photos that depict all the species found in the region, detailed line drawings to aid in-hand identification, and a color distribution map for every species--and the book's compact size and user-friendly design make it the only guide you need in the field. Species accounts describe key identification features, distribution, flight season, similar species, habitat, and natural history. Paulson's authoritative introduction offers a primer on dragonfly biology and identification, and also includes tips on how to study and photograph these stunningly beautiful insects.

    Illustrates all 336 eastern speciesFeatures hundreds of full-color photosIncludes detailed species accounts, line drawings to aid identification, and a color distribution map for every speciesOffers helpful tips for the dragonfly enthusiast

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-3966-7
    Subjects: Zoology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. 1-4)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. 5-6)
  3. Preface
    (pp. 7-8)
  4. Introduction
    (pp. 9-48)

    This book is a field guide to all the species of Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) in the eastern United States and Canada, east of the western boundaries of Ontario, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana. I chose state and provincial boundaries rather than the exact middle of the continent because naturalists’ interests and odonate record keeping are typically at this level. Because odonate diversity is higher in the East, the continent has been divided in this way to allocate similar numbers of species to the already published western guide and this eastern guide. The western book treated 348 species, and...

  5. Damselflies (Zygoptera)
    (pp. 49-164)

    The large, showy damselflies of this family often display metallic bodies and/or colored wings. They are distinguished from other North American damselflies by broad wings with dense venation and no hint of the narrow petiole or “stalk” at the base that characterizes the other families. The nodus lies well out on the wing with numerous crossveins basal to it. Colored wings in this family are heavily involved in displays between males and of males to females. This is the only damselfly family in which individuals point their abdomen toward the sun (obelisking) at high temperatures. The closed wings are held...

  6. Dragonflies (Anisoptera)
    (pp. 165-518)

    These dragonflies are often considered the most primitive living odonates. They are characterized by large size, very long stigmas, somewhat clubtail-like small eyes (but brown, not green or blue), camouflage colors, and semiterrestrial larvae that live in mud or burrows and forage at night on terrestrial insects and spiders. Broad, petal-like cerci of males of the Australian species have given the family its scientific and common names. Females have ovipositors like those of darners but unlike other North American dragonflies. Different authors have placed them at the base of dragonfly evolution or in a somewhat more advanced but still early...

  7. Species Added to the Western Fauna in 2009 and 2010
    (pp. 519-520)

    Four species recently found in far southern Texas are not covered inDragonflies and Damselflies of the West.

    This small, slender damselfly, the size of our Lucifer Swampdamsel, is easily recognized by the greenish thorax and black, red-tipped and red-based abdomen in mature individuals of both sexes. Immatures are entirely orange, then develop black on the abdomen and finally a green-striped thorax. Some numbers found in tall grass in woodland near pond. Large population found in Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in summer 2009, but no sign of them in 2010. Could also occur in southern Florida.

    A bit larger...

  8. Appendix: Dragonfly Publications and Resources
    (pp. 521-522)
  9. Glossary
    (pp. 523-526)
  10. Index
    (pp. 527-538)