Monday, July 31, 2017

Dragonfly Field Guide

Well, my dragonfly field guide is almost here! It should arrive by Friday.

Even so, it's already available for pre-order on Amazon. The title is Common Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Pacific Coast: A Life Size Field Guide, but you can find it by simply searching for "dragonflies pacific coast."

Here's what the Amazon page looks like at the moment:

The cover art should appear on the page by Friday, or soon thereafter. Here's what the cover looks like:

I'm very pleased with the book. We used a US printer with experience in printing field guides, and even though the printing cost was more than with other printers, the quality of the paper and the photo reproduction is well worth it.

The guide has many unique and helpful features, starting with life-size photos of each and every species—try that with a bird field guide! It also has annotated photos that point out the most important field marks. Each species also has a range map and a flight season chart, showing where and when you can expect to see it. In addition, the guide discusses important aspects of dragonfly and damselfly biology—including the famous splash-dunk/spin-dry behavior that features the fastest rotational motion of any known animal.

This guide is pocket sized, so you can easily carry it with you in the field. I hope you'll find that it enhances your enjoyment, appreciation, and identification of dragonflies and damselflies of the Pacific Coast of North America.

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