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Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States:
Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico
John C. Abbott

Paperback | 2005 | $49.95 | £41.95 | ISBN: 9780691113647
360 pp. | 7 3/8 x 9 1/4 | 384 color photographs. 32 line illus. 6 tables. 263 maps.
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This is the first guide to dragonflies and damselflies of the south-central United States. The book covers 263 species, representing more than half of the North American fauna. The area of coverage significantly overlaps with other regions of the country making this book a useful aid in identifying the dragonflies and damselflies in any part of the United States, Canada, or northeastern Mexico.

More photographs of damselflies in North America appear here than in any other previously published work. All 85 damselfly and 178 dragonfly species found in the region are distinguished by photographs, numerous line drawings, keys, and detailed descriptions to help with identifications. Features include:

  • Discussions of habitats, zoogeography, and seasonality
  • Details on dragonfly and damselfly life history and conservation
  • An introduction on studying and photographing dragonflies and damselflies
  • An entire section devoted to the external anatomy of dragonflies and damselflies
  • Species accounts organized by family into sections on size, regional and general distribution, flight season, identification, similar species, habitat and biology and ecology
  • Range maps for each species, as well as an extensive bibliography and a list of resources for further study


"Recent interest in the amazing order of insects that includes dragonflies and damselflies has sparked numerous publications. This book, by odontologist John C. Abbott is certainly one of the best."--Choice

"Each section is full of information . . . with expertly drawn illustrations. The photos . . . are astonishing. . . . Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States is a fine book that easily dispels the unfortunate myths that have arisen over this misunderstood group since 15th century Europe."--Biology Diges

"For the serious naturalist, however, this present book would seem to be the definitive guide to the region and I give it my strong recommendation!"--Guy Padfield, UK Butterflies

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