Dragonflies Through Binoculars: A Field Guide to Dragonflies of North America

9780756767792: Dragonflies Through Binoculars: A Field Guide to Dragonflies of North America

Provides: the best-ever collection of photos of living dragonflies, with 47 plates in full color; info. on all 307 species found in North America, including Petaltails, Darners, Clubtails, Spiketails, Cruisers, Emeralds, & Skimmers; detailed notes on a wide variety of topics: habitats, mating rituals, flight seasons, life cycles, body parts, behavior patterns, backyard ponds, & so forth -- as well as range maps, a bibliography, & a checklist for sightings. Many of the photos depict species whose images have never before been published. The book also answers such questions as what kind of binoculars to buy, where to start looking for dragonflies, how to photograph them, which clubs or societies to join, & how best to achieve identification without capture.

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About the Author:

Sidney W. Dunkle is a professor at Collin County Community College in Texas.


"Dragonflies have been around for over 250 million years, and it's about time they got the recognition they deserve...Now that shortcoming has been rectified for the 307 North American species in Dragonflies Through Binoculars, a compact book full of information...[Sidney W. Dunkle] has succeeded admirably with this volume, which is sure to delight the ever-increasing ranks of dragonfly enthusiasts...The range maps alone are worth the price of the book...Buy this book and spend a sunny summer afternoon along the shore of a stream, pond, or lake; your life will be transformed." -- Dennis R. Paulson, Science

"This long anticipated field guide has filled one of the major identification gaps for the general naturalist in North America.... The species accounts...contain a wealth of previously unrecorded biological and field identification information."--Audubon Naturalist News

"Until now...there has not been a good field guide for the dragonflies of North America. The new Dragonflies through Binoculars fills this need, and is sure to swell the ranks of those pursuing these fast-fliers.... The 47 color plates illustrate all but 14 of the 307 species of dragonflies found in North America....Each species has a very complete written account that provides extensive details on identification, comparisons with similar species, habitat notes, and information on seasonal occurrence. The author's personal comments on each species are particularly helpful, and reveal Dunkle's extensive knowledge and passion for dragonflies."--Birding Business

"More than just a field guide, Dragonflies through Binoculars describes the habitual, seasonal occurrence, and natural history of 307 species of dragonflies."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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