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Damselflies of the Northeast : A Guide to the Species of Eastern Canada & the Northeastern United States Paperback – 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Biodiversity Books; 1st edition (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975401505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975401507
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,359,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fabulous field guide to the damselflies with amazing illustrations. Although there is no table of contents Ed Lam begins with a brief introduction and then explains what damselflies are, their life cycle, anatomy, how to identify & collect them and how to use the information for each species account. The book is organized taxonomically with the most primitive family Calopterygidae followed by Lestidae and finally Coenagrionidae. Each genus has its common name listed, some notes and brief identification characteristics. Each species entry has a commonn and scientific name with brief defining characteristics, excellent illustrations of the male and female including close-ups of the genitalia, distribution map with the most common times to find them in particular states and a similar species section. There are 2 appendicies in the back with microscopic cerci images illustrating the difference between northern and vernal bluets and the different species of American bluets.
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As an life long active birder, I am pretty familiar with field guides in general. This one is simply a masterpiece and not only is this the best field guide for damselflies, I think it may be the best field guide of any kind I have ever seen. The artwork is superb, but the organization and presentation of field marks is what sets this guide apart. For example, at first glance all bluets look alike, but the guide clearly points out the differences and makes it almost effortless to identify the different species with confidence. I am also impressed with the fact that there is a lot of technical detail for experts, but the guide is very accessible for beginners. My only complaint is I wish the book had wider coverage. I am fortunate to live in the area covered by this guide, but its hard to go to other areas and not have Ed's book to guide me! How about it Ed? A national guide? Extremely highly recommended for beginners through experts.
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Meticulously illustrated in great detail. The binding needs to be changed however. I've purchased 2 and both have lost pages. A spiral bound, flat lying guide would be a big improvement.
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Ed Lam has done a masterful job in creating this guide. Although putatively a guide to species from Virginia north through New England, I've found it to be my "go-to" book for identifying the damselfly species found in my area of the Missouri Ozarks, as well.

Beautiful illustrations, and an excellent description and depiction of species characteristics help to make identification of even pesky types (bluets) much easier.

This book would be a bargain at three times its small cost. I recommend it without reservation
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This is the best damselfly field guide available for anyone interested in the odonates. This guide has been very helpful to me in my identification of species for the New York State Dragonfly and Damselfly survey for which I am a volunteer surveyor. This book has also come in handy for my job as a Wildlife Biologist during site surveys.
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I take pictures of wildlife as a hobby, particularly macro shots of insects and spiders. I'm also a biologist by trade, so I'm always interested in correctly identifying each of the species I photograph. Damsels and dragons are particularly photogenic, but they have such phenotypic variability that they are frustrating to identify. I have Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Northeast, but it's really not the best at pointing out the tiny differences that can be used to differentiate specific species. Plus, I'm a visual person so I like to see the differences, not just read about them in the text. So, anyway, I really couldn't use that book to confidently ID damselflies.

But Ed Lam's book is just what I needed. He's included images of so many of the phenotypic variations and provides excellent visual keys for figuring out the tough species! This book is an ideal example of how a field guide should be. It's a shame that it's only available through resellers, but I guess the topic is too specific to reach a wide audience. I really hope that some day he makes a book for NE dragonflies too.
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Ed Lam's Damselfly illustrations are superb. They clearly show all the field marks needed to identify all of the Damselflies that reside in the northeastern U.S. I have used it to correct the identification of a number of Damselflies that I have photographed over the past decade. The other Damselfly field guides pale in comparison. I highly recommend this for all people interested in Damselflies.
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