Item description for Dragonflies & Damselflies of the Border Southwest ( History Series) by Robert A. Behrstock...
Delicate aerial predators love to dine on mosquitoes.
Dragonflies and damselflies are small but striking aquatic creatures found in the desert climates of the Southwest. These carnivorous insects are among the world's fastest, oldest, and most beautiful creatures. A newcomer to the Natural History Series, Dragonflies & Damselflies of the Border Southwest provides naturalists with an attractively illustrated overview of the history, symbolism, life stages, metamorphosis, habitats, and behavior of dragonflies and damselflies, along with spectacular photographic images for easy identification. 85 color photos.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Sep 9, 2008
Publisher Rio Nuevo
ISBN 1933855142 ISBN13 9781933855141
Availability 0 units.
More About Robert A. Behrstock
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Dragonflies & Damselflies of the Border Southwest ( History Series)?
Basic overview of 1/3 the species; small photos Sep 9, 2008
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. But, if you want to know more about the dragonfly rather than just how to identify it, you will probably appreciate this book.
I've listed several related books below... 1) Common Dragonflies of the Southwest by Biggs 2) Common Dragonflies of California by Biggs 3) Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States by Abbott 4) Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata) of Texas: Volume I by Abbott 5) Dragonflies and Damselflies of California by Manolis 6) Dragonflies through Binoculars by Dunkle 7) Dragonflies of North America by Needham 8) Damselflies of North America by Westfall