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Britain's Dragonflies:
A Field Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of Britain and Ireland
Fully Revised and Updated Third Edition
Dave Smallshire & Andy Swash

Paperback | 2014 | $25.95 | £17.95 | ISBN: 9780691161235
224 pp. | 6 x 8 1/4 | 321 color illus. 66 maps.
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Britain's Dragonflies is the only comprehensive photographic field guide to the damselflies and dragonflies of Britain and Ireland. Written by two of Britain’s foremost experts, this fully revised and updated edition features hundreds of stunning images and identification charts covering all 56 resident, migrant and former breeding species, and seven potential vagrants. The book focuses on identification--both of adults and larvae--highlighting the key features. Detailed species profiles provide concise information on identification, distribution, flight periods, behaviour, habitat, status and conservation. Other sections cover biology; how to watch, photograph, record and monitor Dragonflies; conservation status and legislation; and introduced exotic species.

This redesigned, updated and expanded edition features:

  • Beautiful colour plates showing males, females, immatures and all colour forms for every species
  • Over 450 stunning photographs and 550 illustrations
  • Up-to-date species profiles and distribution maps
  • Detailed, easy-to-use identification charts for adults and larvae


"That Britain's Dragonflies is on its third edition already is a sure sign of how well regarded and popular this field guide has become since its first publication in 2004. This edition takes the guide a stage further than the previous two and has been thoroughly updated and revised with new photographs, text, and up-to-date distribution maps. . . . This is the definitive, must have guide to the dragonflies of Britain and Ireland and as the most comprehensive field guide of its type, it will surely find a place on the bookshelves of all keen dragonfly watchers and those with a more general interest in the wildlife of Great Britain. Highly Recommended."--Mark Tyrrell, British Dragonflies

"The deluge of information is well presented and a subject that could easily daunt a budding odonatologist is in fact made entirely digestible. If you haven't already got a copy, it's well worth investing . . . in this revamped edition of Britain's Dragonflies to ensure that you're in good stead for a summer of insect-watching."--Josh Jones,

"A delight for anyone interested in these flying gems (dragonflies being relatives of butterflies), the ecology and biology of wetlands, those interested in conservation and collecting data on biodiversity and species identification, and wildlife watchers in general."--Cathy Taibbi, Wildlife Conservation Examiner

"As a desktop reference guide it is clear and concise. As a 'use in the field' reference guide it is portable and perfectly designed. . . . Recommended? Absolutely."--Mark Colvin, UK Butterflies

"If you're simply in the market for a book on these gorgeous and fascinating insects, then the WILDGuides field guide to the damselflies and dragonflies of Britain and Ireland is highly recommended."--Charlie Moores, Talking Naturally

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