Damselflies of Texas: A Field Guide by John C. Abbott, Barrett Anthony Klein

By John C. Abbott, Barrett Anthony Klein

On any hot summer time day, you could simply discover damselflies round a vegetated pond or the rocks alongside the banks of a circulation. just like the extra generic dragonfly, damselflies are one of the such a lot remarkably designated bugs of their visual appeal and biology, and so they became the most well known creatures sought via avocational naturalists.

Damselflies of Texas is the 1st box consultant devoted in particular to the species present in Texas. It covers seventy seven of the 138 species of damselflies recognized in North the US, making it a really helpful consultant for the full usa. every one species account includes:

illustrations of as many types (male, woman, juvenile, mature, and colour morphs) as possible
common and clinical names, with pronunciation
distribution map
key features
identifying characteristics
discussion of comparable species
status in Texas
habitat, seasonality, and basic comments
In addition to photographing damselflies within the wild, the writer and illustrator have built a brand new procedure for illustrating every one species by means of scanning preserved specimens and digitally portray them. The ensuing illustrations exhibit aspect that's not seen in photos. The ebook additionally comprises chapters on damselfly anatomy, lifestyles historical past, conservation, names, and images, in addition to an inventory of species which may ultimately be found in Texas, kingdom and international conservation scores, seasonality of all species in chronological order, and extra assets and courses at the id of damselflies.

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In Texas, there is only one natural lake (Caddo Lake), which indicates how prevalent dams are in the state. The numerous man-made reservoirs provide habitat for those few species that can breed in lakes, but they take away habitat from other damselflies. Rivers are seldom protected from human impact and disturbances, but conservation organizations like the Big Thicket National Preserve in East Texas are working hard to secure these areas by purchasing riparian lands and creating corridors between their preserve units.

Indd 41 Introduction The Value of Odonate Collections Insects were probably one of the earliest groups of organisms to be collected and catalogued. There are many reasons for this, including their beauty, availability, and abundance. Odonates have become a popular group of insects among amateur enthusiasts. As a result, there are a number of field guides now for odonates in different parts of the world. Most, perhaps all, would not have been possible without the library of specimens that make up odonate collections.

It is unlikely that this species still exists anywhere near Texas. Little is known of its biology, and the nymph remains unknown. A second species listed by Bick, the Coral-fronted Threadtail (Neoneura aaroni), occurs in Texas. It is also known from Mexico, but its distribution is centered on the Texas Hill Country. It is known from 22 counties in Central Texas southward. It is uncommon, but may be locally abundant in protected pools along slow-moving rivers and streams with emergent or floating vegetation.

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