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Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East [Paperback]

Dennis Paulson
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Jan. 8 2012 Princeton Field Guides

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 East features 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 species

  • Features hundreds of full-color photos

  • Includes detailed species accounts, line drawings to aid identification, and a color distribution map for every species

  • Offers helpful tips for the dragonfly enthusiast

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"I truly believe that if there is such a thing as the 'must-have' book, Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East is IT. . . . It contains all 336 species of Odonata that have been found in eastern North America. Not just dragons or just damsels, [but] all Odonata. That means ONE book for everything. It has excellent full-color photographs that are large enough to see many of coloration and patterns that are important. . . . The species accounts are well-done with reference to similar species when appropriate. The natural history summaries for genera are very good, and valuable information for any ode enthusiast."--Mark O'Brien, Michigan Odonotes blog

"This is a beautiful book, a joy to hold and to look at. Although it is a paperback, it is printed on sturdy glossy paper that will hold up well in the field. . . . [I] recommend it as an essential field guide to the dragonflies."--Devorah Bennu, GrrlScientist blog

"This is an excellent landmark field guide that belongs in every naturalist's collection."--Donna Schulman, 10,000 Birds

"[A] terrific volume that will be very popular among odonate enthusiasts in the East."--

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"Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East is by far the most complete treatment of its kind. It is chock-full of interesting and useful information, and the illustrations are excellent. Paulson is one of the top experts in this field and his book reflects that extensive knowledge on every page."--Giff Beaton, author of Dragonflies and Damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast

"Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East is superbly organized, concisely written, and beautifully illustrated. It combines the strengths of a field guide with the invaluable technical information of a manual. As such, the reader will have a strong tool in his or her possession. There really is no other book like it."--Allen E. Barlow, senior author of Field Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of New Jersey

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book Dec 10 2013
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Colorful pictures help to identify and learn about these amazing creatures!
It is a Christmas present that my mom will love.
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I am a novice at identifying dragonflies and damselflies and have just begun using the guide in conjunction with photographs taken when in the field. So far, I have been able to find most of what I have seen in the book. It is not impossibly heavy to take into the field, but I prefer to leave it at home, take the photographs, enlarge them on the computer and then try to identify them. As someone in middle age, I'd prefer it if the text was a little larger, but I can read it if I squint. The photographs are excellent, but a little smaller than I would like. I also have the Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Algonquin Park. It has fewer species, but the illustrations are larger and the text is too, a much smaller book and more suitable for the field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview March 27 2013
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The book is beautifully done, with many pictures. It helps that it is so recent. It can be kind of overwhelming but the maps showing distribution quickly helps you determine whether the 'fly is one you're likely to see in your area. I checked out a couple of other similar books from the library to compare, but this was my favourite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide Nov. 30 2012
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This is an excellent comprehensive guide to the dragonflies and damselflies of the eastern United States and Canada. All species are illustrated with clear photos of both males and females and the text includes precise descriptions. As a pro nature photographer, I find this book invaluable in identifying the many insects I photograph and I am able to identify almost every photograph. I strongly recommend this book for naturalists, photographers and anyone interested in insects.
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