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Dragonflies and Damselflies A Natural History

by Dennis Paulson

Dragonflies and Damselflies A Natural History Synopsis

A lavishly illustrated introduction to the world's dragonflies and damselflies Dragonflies and damselflies are often called birdwatchers' insects. Large, brightly colored, active in the daytime, and displaying complex and interesting behaviors, they have existed since the days of the dinosaurs, and they continue to flourish. Their ancestors were the biggest insects ever, and they still impress us with their size, the largest bigger than a small hummingbird. There are more than 6,000 odonate species known at present, and you need only visit any wetland on a warm summer day to be enthralled by their stunning colors and fascinating behavior. In this lavishly illustrated natural history, leading dragonfly expert Dennis Paulson offers a comprehensive, accessible, and appealing introduction to the world's dragonflies and damselflies. The book highlights the impressive skills and abilities of dragonflies and damselflies-superb fliers that can glide, hover, cruise, and capture prey on the wing. It also describes their arsenal of tactics to avoid predators, and their amazing sex life, including dazzling courtship displays, aerial mating, sperm displacement, mate guarding, and male mimicry. Dragonflies and Damselflies includes profiles of more than fifty of the most interesting and beautiful species from around the world. Learn about the Great Cascade Damsel, which breeds only at waterfalls, the mesmerizing flight of Blue-winged Helicopters, and how the larva of the Common Sanddragon can burrow into sand as efficiently as a mole. Combining expert text and excellent color photographs, this is a must-have guide to these remarkable insects. A lavishly illustrated, comprehensive, and accessible natural history that reveals the beauty and diversity of one of the world's oldest and most popular insect groups Offers a complete guide to the evolution, life cycles, biology, anatomy, behavior, and habitats of dragonflies and damselflies Introduces the 39 families of dragonflies and damselflies through exemplary species accounts Features tips on field observation and lab research, and information on threats and conservation

Dragonflies and Damselflies A Natural History Press Reviews

[A] beautiful and informative book on the natural history of one of the oldest orders of insects. ---Mark A. McPhee, The Quarterly Review of Biology If you have been curious about dragonflies, here's a beautiful new book that will open the Odonata world for you. ---Anne Hanley, Trumpeter [A] fantastic look into a part of the insect world that many of us take for granted. ---Jim Dronenburg, Washington Gardener Spend a few hours with this book, and you'll have a better appreciation and understanding of life in a warm weather wetland. ---Scott Shalaway, WV News

Book Information

ISBN: 9780691180366
Publication date: 14th January 2020
Author: Dennis Paulson
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 224 pages
Categories: Wildlife: butterflies, other insects & spiders,

About Dennis Paulson

Dennis Paulson is one of the world's leading experts on dragonflies and damselflies and has watched and photographed his favorite insect on every continent. He is the author of the major field guides to North American species, Dragonflies of the West and Dragonflies of the East (both Princeton), and has written more than fifty scientific papers on the group. Now retired from his position as the director of the Salter Museum of Natural History at the University of Puget Sound, he lives in Seattle.

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