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Dragonflies and Damselflies of California Paperback – May 8, 2003
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"This is now the book on all the California Odonates and should ride in the pack of every naturalist, butterflier, and birder in the American west from May through October."
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"This is now the book on all the California Odonates and should ride in the pack of every naturalist, butterflier, and birder in the American west."Rich Stallcup, Point Reyes Bird Observatory
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I checked the book against our list for New Mexico and found that close to 1/2 of our dragonflies and damselflies are described! The handbook should thus be useful in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Oregon and northwestern Mexico, as well as the target- California.
For the price and quality the dragonfly and damselfly enthusiast in the Southwest could not find a better field reference!
My hobby is nature photography, and it's difficult to put photos up on my Web site without some titles or classification. When it came to dragonflies and damselflies, I first turned to Tim's book, then to Tim. The book contains some very good illustrations and, while I understand and appreciate the cost, I wish that photographs had been used, at least for the most common California bugs. These are small insects with minor variations between males, but major differences and variations among females.
Tim was gracious enough to answer my first three questions about classifications and, not wanting to bug him so to speak, I turned to [...]. Though Tim has the Pacific or California Forktail in the book, I could not match the three photos that I took with any illustrations in the book. That is not the author's fault. Again, I don't know how one can know so much about these insects (and this author doesn't "specialize" just in insects).
I'll give it four stars because of the quality of writing and the number of illustrations. I'll take off one star because it's almost overwhelming, while the other reviews and even the book gives the impression that this will be easier than it is. Actually, I'll take off half a star because the covers of the book are made in such a way that when open, they cut into the inside of your thumbs. Minor, but not on a long hot day sitting by a pond with the book. Don't let any of this deter you from buying the book. If you really want to know about damsels and dragons in California, this is the best.
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Disappointing. Not as in-depth as I was hoping. Would have liked real pictures rather than drawings. There are better books on this subject with more information.Published 13 months ago by Don't believe it just because someone told you it is so...
It covers most common dragonflies and damselflies of California. But at the same time this can be a introduction for the western fauna. Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by Hidetaka Natsume
The descriptions were very detailed and informative.
I would have like to have more photos, but the sketches were good.