Dragonflies of the World

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Jill Silsby

In Dragonflies of the World, Jill Silsby presents a comprehensive and accessible overview of one of the world's most popular insect groups, the Odonata.

ISBN:
978 0 565 09165 1
Format:
Hardback
Price:
£27.50
Published:
September 2001
Size:
255 x 225 mm
Extent:
224 pp
Illustrations:
Colour throughout
Publisher:
Natural History Museum

Details

Today more than 5,000 species of dragonflies and damselflies inhabit six of the seven continents. Written for interested amateurs as well as more experienced professionals, Dragonflies of the World provides information on distribution patterns, life cycles and habitat, behaviour and general appearance, as well as evolutionary history, taxonomy and conservation efforts. The final chapter describes specific dragonfly families and subfamilies.

Jill Silsby has travelled extensively in most parts of the world observing and recording dragonfly behaviour and their habitats. Here she presents a readable text accompanied by colour photographs covering more than 300 species of dragonflies and damselflies in their natural setting, identified by both their scientific and common names. Dragonflies of the World is an essential reference for anyone with an interest in Odonata and has been short-listed in the Scholarly Reference category of the 'Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing', 2002.

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Author

Jill Silsby served as Honorary Secretary of the British Dragonfly Society for eight years, was a founding member of the Worldwide Dragonfly Association and, since its foundation in 1997, has been its Honorary Secretary and Treasurer. She is also the author of Inland Birds of Saudi Arabia.

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"[This book] succeeds in filling a gap in the literature: useful to the expert; accessible and stimulating to the layman. The text is readable and authoritative with good reference to appropriate illustrations...a comprehensive review, in taxonomic layout down to subfamily, of all the world's dragonflies. [The book contains] over three hundred photographs of the highest quality, not large but beautifully reproduced and not a fuzzy one among them. For these alone Dragonflies of the World is worth buying. If only it could have more images of dragonflies in flight (there is only one in the entire book) it might be an even better inspirational ambassador for the dragonfly cause. Now there's a challenge, but don't wait; buy it. "

British Dragonfly Society Newsletter

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