Dragonflies and damselflies are conspicuous insects – many are large and brightly coloured. Here for the first time is a comprehensive guide to the Australian dragonfly fauna.
The book includes identification keys not only for adults but also for their larvae, commonly known as ‘mud eyes’ and often used as bait for freshwater fish. With stunning full-colour images and distribution maps, the book covers all 30 families, 110 genera and 324 species found in Australia.
Dragonflies are valuable indicators of environmental well-being. A detailed knowledge of the dragonfly fauna and its changes is therefore an important basis for decisions about environmental protection and management. Their extraordinary diversity will interest entomologists and amateur naturalists alike.
- Covers all 30 families, 110 genera and 324 species found in Australia
- Full colour images of all species
- Distribution maps for all species
- Separate identification keys for both adults and larvae
- Foreword by Philip Corbet
"Not only is this book a great step forward in the knowledge of Australian dragonflies, it will cause a giant leap forward in such knowledge when more naturalists start to bring in observatons of the country's wonderful dragonflies."--Sidney W. Dunkle, author of Dragonflies Through Binoculars.
"This book will appeal to everyone, from beginners to students and researchers, and should become the first reference book that anyone interested in Australian Odonata will consult."--Richard Marchant"The Victorian Naturalist" (06/01/2007)
"This photographic guide covers the 324 species of damselflies and dragonflies of Australia. Each species is given a color photograph, text, a color range map and usually line drawings. Anyone interested in Australian damselflies and dragonflies will like this book."-- (09/01/2009)
"This wonderful field guide can be wholeheartedly recommended to all who are interested in the biodiversity of Australia and/or of the order Odonata. The book is of equal usefulness for laymen as well as for entomologists. The price is absolutely adequate, especially considering the outstanding quantity."-- (03/01/2007)
"The guide is a profusely illustrated visual feast. Highly recommended - at 376 pages, you get your money's worth, yet it remains portable for the field."-- (01/01/2007)
"It is an excellent tome and I have no doubt that it will be the 'Bible' of Australian Dragonflies for many years to come."--Stephen Richards, South Australian Museum, Vertebrates Department