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Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States: Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico Paperback – April 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691113645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691113647
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,761,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Recent interest in the amazing order of insects that includes dragonflies and damselflies has sparked numerous publications. This book, by odontologist John C. Abbott is certainly one of the best."--Choice

"Each section is full of information . . . with expertly drawn illustrations. The photos . . . are astonishing. . . . Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States is a fine book that easily dispels the unfortunate myths that have arisen over this misunderstood group since 15th century Europe."--Biology Diges

"For the serious naturalist, however, this present book would seem to be the definitive guide to the region and I give it my strong recommendation!"--Guy Padfield, UK Butterflies

About the Author

John C. Abbott is Lecturer in the Section of Integrative Biology, Curator of the Brackenridge Field Laboratory Insect Collection, and Research Associate of the Texas Memorial Museum at the University of Texas, Austin.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David B Richman on November 7, 2005
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As an admirer of dragonflies and damselflies I was quite delighted to find this book by John C. Abbott. It is a mix of the very technical and (at least in part because of the 64 plates of magnificent color photos) the very useful for the non-specialist. The range maps are invaluable as a way of adding clues for the identification of similar species. The line drawings of anatomical parts are important in separating closely related species and the glossary of terms, the check list, and the large bibliography round out a very useful or even indispensable volume for the dragonfly watcher. In short, this book is a serious guide to an area with the highest odonate diversity in the United States. "Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States" simply is a must for anyone interested in the odonate fauna of the five states involved. Its production, along with at least three earlier regional and national books on the subject, is a testimonial to the growing popularity of these beautiful and fascinating insects.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Hargrove VINE VOICE on August 19, 2005
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This is not a book that you can skim; rather, it is one intended for the serious student of Odonata in Texas. Written by an acknowledged expert in the field, it covers everything you might want to know about the dragonflies found in Texas.

Be warned, though, that you cannot approach this book lightly. The author uses scientific terms liberally: you will have to spend time acquiring the vocabulary.

For the serious Texas "Odo-nut" this is an absolutely essential part of your library.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jerry K. Hatfield on December 23, 2006
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This field guide is the one to own. It covers not only all the dragonflies of Texas and the Southcentral US, but all the damselflies as well. The photographs are superb and this make for easy identification of species in the field. However, because of these pluses, the result is a rather sizable guide that is just a bit too heavy to really qualify as a handy field guide. If you can deal with its size and weight, it more than makes up for this handicap in thes helpful information it provides. The only drawback and the reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5, is because it is a tad less user friendly for the novice or non-professional (i.e. The species identification keys are a bit confusing). Nevertheless, it is destined to become the standard to measure all other guides.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Cantu on September 17, 2007
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I have several guides for birds, butterflies, snakes, reptiles and amphibians. I just started learn about dragonflies this year and this is one of the best guides I have seen. In fact, it was highly recommended by an individual who has a Masters Degree in dragonfly study. I recommend it for individuals just starting out with dragonflies as the photos are great but it also provides enough information (range maps) to let you narrow down and identify the more difficult species.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick Conde-Dudding on September 19, 2010
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I am just getting into photographing dragonflies seriously and I live in Texas so this is a very useful tool for identification purposes. John Abbott is very thorough in describing every anatomical aspect of a dragon and damselfly. For a novice, it can be a bit overwhelming but it has opened up a whole new and interesting world of the odonates. Again, it is very useful for my region in the United States.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mainoak on October 1, 2008
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I bought several books before this one and I basically wasted my money! Finally I am able to identify the odes that I have photographed in the field. This is a must have for anyone interested in dragonflies and damselflies!
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