Damselflies of Alberta

With iridescent blues and greens, damselflies are some of the most beautiful flying insects as well as the most primitive. As members of the insect order Odonata they are related to dragonflies but are classified in a separate suborder. These aquatic insects are a delight to the eye and a fascinating creature of study. In Damselflies of Alberta, naturalist John Acorn describes the twenty-two species native to the province. Exhaustively researched, yet written in an accessible style, the author's enthusiasm for these flying neon toothpicks is compelling. More than a field guide, this is a passionate investigation into one of nature's winged marvels of the wetlands.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover 1
Title Page 4
Copyright 5
Dedication 6
Contents 8
Preface 10
Acknowledgments 12
1 Flying Neon Toothpicks? 14
2 A Day in the Life of a Damselfly 22
3 Damselflies and Wetlands 32
4 The History of Damselfly Study in Alberta 36
5 How to Study Damselflies 48
6 Damselfly Conservation in Alberta 56
7 The Damselflies of Alberta 64
Appendix 1: Checklist of Alberta Damselflies 142
Appendix 2: Key to the Adult Damselflies of Alberta 144
Appendix 3: Helpful Sources for Damselfly Study 152
Glossary 154
References 159
A Gallery of Damselflies 164