Dragonflies of the WorldBook - 2001
"Today more than five thousand species of dragonflies inhabit six of the seven continents. Until now, the literature on these ancient insects has been narrowly defined by region. In Dragonflies of the World Jill Silsby provides a comprehensive worldwide guide to the order Odonata, describing the unique attributes of dragonflies in general and the distinctive features of individual families and subfamilies." "Divided into two suborders, Odonata includes dragonflies and damselflies. Beyond their intriguing appearance, they appeal to humans because they neither bite nor sting, they eat other insects, and their presence is a good indication that a water source is clean and free of pollution. With contributions from leading entomologists, Dragonflies of the World introduces readers to these and other traits and provides information on distribution patterns, life cycles and habitat, behavior, and general appearance, as well as evolutionary history, taxonomy, and conservation efforts. A key chapter describes specific dragonfly families and subfamilies. The book contains full-color photographs of more than three hundred species, all of which are identified by their scientific and common names. Also included are a glossary and common names index, a comprehensive bibliography, and a directory of dragonfly societies worldwide." "This fully illustrated, comprehensive guide will be a welcome volume for both amateur naturalists and professional entomologists."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001.
Branch Call Number: 595.733 SILSBY
Characteristics: vii, 216 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 26 cm.