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Dragonflies & Damselflies SW (Natural History Series) Paperback – January 14, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: Natural History Series
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Rio Nuevo (January 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933855142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933855141
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,772,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert A. Behrstock received a M.S. in Fisheries Biology from Humboldt State University. He is the co-author of Birdlife of Houston, Galveston, and the Upper Texas Coast. He lives in Hereford, Arizona.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jack Holloway on September 8, 2008
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Basics: 2008, softcover, 80 pages, 89 color photos of 73 species, no range maps

As part of a Wild West nature series, this book is an introduction to 73 (about 1/3) of the 200+ plus dragonflies and damselflies found in the southwest US. Like its sibling books, this is a photo guide meant to present a sampling of the species to anyone with a casual or beginning interest in this colorful insect family.

Each of the species is shown with one small photograph. Just over a dozen of the species have two photos. These photos are good quality with sharp focus and strong color; however, the small size of the photos takes away not only some of their luster, but makes it difficult to see some of the features or markings on the subject. Damselflies can be small in real life, and some of these photos show them barely more than 1/4 to 1/2 inch longer than actual size, if even that. Some of the naturally larger dragonfly species are shown in a reduced photo that makes them smaller on the page than the damselflies.

One to three paragraphs on each insect focus on the habitats in which it can be found. A general outline of the species' distribution in the region and on the continent is also included. The physical descriptions, while not in depth, are generally accurate. No range maps are supplied.

This book is definitely not an identification guide and, it does not claim to be so. Instead, this book, like others in the series, is geared towards those people looking for a more general overview and who may want to see a less overwhelming number of samples of a fascinating insect group.

If only field identification is important to you and you already own one or two dragonfly field guides, I'd stick with the ones you already have over this book.
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Bob Behrstock was born in Evanston, Illinois. He spent his childhood surrounded by frogs, snakes, and tropical fish. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin and then received his Master's Degree in Fisheries Biology at Humboldt State University where he continued as an instructor. After moving to Texas, he and three friends formed Peregrine Tours, a birdwatching tour company. After six years, he became a senior birding tour leader for Wings, Inc. Later he worked for Fermata, Inc. performing site assessments for six of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trails and Great Texas Wildlife Trails, the World Birding Center, and birding trails in Virginia, Maryland, Kansas and West Texas. He has been a presenter and field trip leader for birding, dragonfly, and butterfly festivals and workshops in Texas, Arizona, and California, and butterfly tours in Mexico and Panama. Bob co-authored Birds of Houston, Galveston, and the Upper Texas Coast, the Upper Texas Coast volume of Finding Birds on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, and a beginner's guide to the dragonflies of the Southwest. Additionally, he has authored or co-authored nearly 60 popular and scientific papers concerning fishes, birds, dragonflies, grasshoppers, and butterflies in the U.S. and Latin America. For over nine years, he has lived in SE Arizona, where he and his partner Karen have recorded 113 species of butterflies in their yard. He continues to lead a variety of natural history tours through his own company Naturewide Images as well as through Naturalist Journeys. Please visit: www.naturewideimages.com