paper, 538 pp., $29.95
An eminent authority on dragonflies and damselflies, Dennis Paulson has gathered together in this comprehensive field guide information on 336 species in order Odonata, focusing on those which may be found in eastern North America from Florida to Manitoba. The text is accompanied by full-color photographs and line drawings that detail these fascinating creatures whose forms and flight patterns are reminiscent of living helicopters. The author describes their natural history, anatomy, colors, and other characteristics that assist in individual identification. He provides useful tips on their collection and research, as well as a directory of individual species with a color distribution map showing regions where each species may be found. A glossary of terminology and index are found in the concluding pages. Because of the font size of the text, some readers may need a magnifying glass in the field with this book.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden