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Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East Paperback – Jan 8 2012

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (Jan. 8 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691122830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691122830
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 3.2 x 21.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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."--Choice

"[T]hese volumes are obviously authoritative, comprehensive and clearly designed with the needs of the naturalist in mind. The photographs are excellent and . . . the text makes up for the unavoidable shortcomings of a photo-guide by including full descriptions of each species. Altogether, these two volumes constitute a complete, highly informative and beautifully illustrated guide to the Odonata of North America."--Guy Padfield, UKbutterflies

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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

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The spartan cover art of this book belies a very complete and clear data collection on all the species of the eastern US and Canada, including very detailed maps, color photographs of both sexes and their immature or aged forms and geographical variants for most species. Much behavioral information is also available, a pleasant surprise that can be very helpful in the field. The book also contain a lot of general knowledge on odonates about their life cycles, general biology, anatomy and related identification criteria. Haven't read a field guide of this quality in quite a while!
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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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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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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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Very pleased with this book. I'm new to dragonflies and damselflies and this book is very helpful when it comes to identifying them. Excellent purchase!
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THIS IS A BEST SELLER AND A MUST AMONGST NATURALISTS ...AND NOW I SEE WHY IT IS...I LOVE THIS BOOK...A BIT BIG FOR THE FIELD BUT HEY!
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