Books About Dragonflies & Damselflies
Members of the WDA and other dragonfly researchers have published a large number of books on the topic of dragonflies and damselflies, describing species from around the world. Here is a small selection of recent publications:
Title: Damselfly Genera of the New World. An Illustrated and Annotated Key to the Zygoptera
Authors: Rosser W. Garrison, Natalia von Ellenrieder, and Jerry A. Louton
Published: Aug 2010.
Details: Provides a comprehensive, fully illustrated guide to the damselflies of North, Central, and South America. A companion volume to Dragonfly Genera of the New World, also by Rosser W. Garrison, Natalia von Ellenrieder, and Jerry A. Louton.
Title: Huizhou Dragonflies
Author: Wu Hongdao
Details: Chinese with Latin names; Hardcover/191 pages; ISBN: 9787503866135
Title: Natural Capital of Mexico (in Spanish).
Published: January 2010.
Details: A five-volume set on the nature of Mexico, including Odonates.
Title: Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East
Author: Dennis Paulson.
Published: November 2011.
Details: The first fully illustrated field guide to all 336 species of dragonflies and damselflies in eastern North America. Provides a color distribution map for every species.
Title: Dragonflies and damselflies of the West.
Author: Dennis Paulson.
Published: May 2009.
Details: The first fully illustrated field guide to all 348 species of dragonflies and damselflies in western North America. Provides a color distribution map for every species. Special offer for WDA members: 20% discount.
Title: A photographic guide to the dragonflies of Singapore.
Authors: H.B. Tang, L.K. Wang and M. Hämäläinen.
Published: August 2010 by Raffles Museum, Singapore.
Details: The book covers all 124 species of Odonata (both dragonflies and damselflies) so far recorded in Singapore.
Title: The Metalwing Demoiselles of the Eastern Tropics
Authors: Albert G. Orr and Matti Hamalainen
Published: 2007 by Natural History Publications (Borneo) Kota Kinabalu.
Details: This is a fine book production, which is not only an illustrated guide but a monographic treatment of the two rather colourful, florescent winged damselfly genera Matronoides and Neurobasis of Asia.
Authors: Albert G. Orr
Published: 2003 by Natural History Publications (Borneo) Kota Kinabalu.
Details: The first guide to Borneo’s Dragonflies, with 275 species so far recorded, more than 40% occuring nowhere else.
Authors: Dijkstra, K.-D.; Clausnitzer, V.
Published: 2014 by RMCA
Details: More than 500 species are illustrated with 1120 original drawings and over 360 colour photographs portraying 320 species.
Authors: Kalkman, V.J.; Orr, G.
Published: 2013 by NVL
Details: This field guide contains nearly 300 colour drawings and over 250 line drawings by Albert Orr and sixteen colour photographs taken in the field by Stephen Richards.
Authors: Cham, S.; Nelson, B.; Prentice, S.; Smallshire, S.; Taylor, P.
Published: 2014 by Field Studies Council
Details: This atlas shows the distribution and reviews the recent status of the 57 species found in Britain and Ireland.
Authors: Samways, M.J.
Published: 2008 by Series Faunistica
Details: Full-colour guide to the Odonata of South Africa with excellent photos
Authors: Kompier, T.
Published: 2015 by Regua publications
Details: First comprehensive field guide to the Odonata of the Reserva Ecologica de Guapiacu and the Serra dos Orgaos in south-eastern Brazil. All 204 known species are illustrated in colour.