Books About Dragonflies & Damselflies
WDA members 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.
Libélulas de la Cordillera Occidental Colombiana, una Mirada desde el Tatamá | Dragonflies of the Colombian Cordillera Occidental, a look from Tatamá
Authors: Cornelio A Bota-Sierra, Juliana Sandoval-H, Daniela Ayala-Sánchez, & Rodolfo Novelo-Gutiérrez
Published: 2019, independent
Details: One of the first dragonfly field guides for Colombia, this gorgeous volume includes descriptions in both Spanish and English for 104 odonate species, Tatamá National Park, and general biology of Odonata.
Authors: T. Kompier
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.
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: 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.
Author: Wu Hongdao
Details: Chinese with Latin names; Hardcover/191 pages; ISBN: 9787503866135
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.
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: August 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.
Authors: H.B. Tang, L.K. Wang and M. Hämäläinen
Published: August 2010 by Raffles Museum, Singapore
Details: Covers all 124 species of Odonata (both dragonflies and damselflies) so far recorded in Singapore.
Natural Capital of Mexico (in Spanish)
Published: January 2010
Details: A five-volume set on the nature of Mexico, including Odonates.
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.
Authors: Samways, M.J.
Published: 2008 by Series Faunistica
Details: Full-colour guide to the Odonata of South Africa with excellent photos
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.
Dragonfly Genera of the New World. An Illustrated and Annotated Key to the Anisoptera
Authors: Rosser W. Garrison, Natalia von Ellenrieder, & Jerry A. Louton
Details: Provides a comprehensive, fully illustrated guide to the dragonflies of North, Central, and South America.
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.