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Paperback Dragonflies: Wild Guide Book

ISBN: 0811729710

ISBN13: 9780811729710

Dragonflies: Wild Guide

First title in Stackpole Books' new Wild Guide series A complete, expert introduction to the world of dragonflies and also covers damselflies Detailed color drawings of different species and behaviors Dazzling in appearance, idiosyncratic in behavior, dragonflies and damselflies have long captured the imaginations of nature lovers. In this illustrated natural history guide, Cynthia Berger takes the reader on a whirlwind trip through the lives of these...


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A well organized and easy to use guide

This is a great little book about a fascinating member of the ecosystem. The first part of the book describes the behavior and stages of development of these intriguing insects. The second portion gets into identifying them. You will also learn about their habitats and how to create an environment that will attract them The photos and illustration are colorful and a joy to view. Well worth the price. JackGorfien MS, L.Ac., author of Dancing with Dragonflies

Well written great illustrations, and VERY cool!

AN excellent and readable guide to dragonfly lifestyles, life stages, and to identifying commong dragonflies.--and creating habitat for them in your backyard. Illustrations are good and really demonstrate how to ID these animals, and how they live and behave (They are territorial and some are migratory!) This book is well worth the price--it opens your eyes to a whole new world!

DRAGONFLIES----Excellent field guide

If you appreciate dragonflies, this is an excellent little book with wonderful pictures to keep with you to aid in identification and habits of a particular dragonfly you might see.

More than a field guide

You get a good idea of what this book is about by checking the table of contents. In a short book of about 120 pages, only the second half is devoted to the species accounts you would expect to find. The first half describes the life cycle and behavior of these beautiful creatures in greater depth than, for example, Stokes Beginner's Guide to Dragonflies (an excellent book as well.) The author, like myself, began as a birder and found dragonflies had many of the characteristics that we love about birds: they are beautiful, there are enough of them to make identification challenging, but not overwhelming, and they can fly, making it possible to find them in unexpected places. Many serious birders are discovering a second source of pleasure in the field. If you fall into this category, you should find this book helpful.

reviews by Nick Donnelly, Cendrine Huemer

Nick Donnelly (Argia):This slender paperback is one of the most engaging field guides that I have encountered. The major appeal in this book does not reside in the species descriptions, but in the introductory material, which is slightly more than half of the entire book. Beginning with life history (thoroughly treated and brilliantly illustrated with colored drawings), she continues on with flight, territoriality, mating, thermal regulation, migration, and a host of other topics that rarely are included in a book of this scope. She even includes a discussion of construction of a dragonfly pond for your backyard. This book will be a very suitable introdution for almost anybody from high school age on, and veteran students will learn new things from her treatment. The remainder of the book is devoted to the identification of 27 Eastern odonates; 4 damselfly and 23 dragonfly species. One can quibble over the selection of species (no Argia, a relatively less common Lestes), but the accounts are thorough and the accompanying illustrations are as accurate as they are attractive. The author's aim is to facilitate identification of the more common species encountered in the US, and she accomplishes this impressively. Each species has a page or two, an attractive colored picture, and discussion of habitat and behavior.She finishes with a listing of useful books, contacts, organizations, web sites and field equipment. Although she mentions observing nymphs in an aquarium, she does not develop the concept of rearing dragonflies, which is fairly easy and immensely rewarding. This is a thoroughly impressive guide, and is a wonderful supplement to guides devoted almost exclusively to identification, such as Sid Dunkle's "Dragonflies through Binoculars" and Blair Nikulas et al's "Beginner's Guide."Cendrine Huemer (Nature Canada):Dragonflies are in and entirely deserving of the interest. With their bright colours, seasonality, and predictable habitat requirements, watching dragonflies is but a quick hop from the world of birds. They have been on earth for more than 200 million years, which makes them older than dinosaurs. Tell that to a precocious dinosaur-lover and you may have a keen partner for a new hobby. There are 6,500 dragonfly species worldwide (including damselflies), and 425 in North America-a nice challenge and a reasonable project for a naturalist looking for new horizons.Cynthia Berger's latest book, a worthy addition to any library, satisfies this new naturalist rage. Compact and well designed with excellent illustrations, it is less daunting than the more serious and scientific Dragonflies Through Binoculars: A Field and Finding Guide to Dragonflies of North America by Sidney W. Dunkle, which is twice the price. Wild Guide: Dragonflies is a book you might read cover to cover and bring to the cottage as part of the regular items you pack. Easy to read, it is comprehensive and includes anatomy, metamorphosis, behaviour, identification, and tips o
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