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From fossils and folklore to life cycles and the latest in digital imaging techniques, A Dazzle of Dragonflies will take you into the secret world of one of Earths most beneficial creatures. The guides are two of the most experienced and ardent fans of the "mosquitohawk," and your journey will include encounters with poets and prehistoric giants; peeks into hidden, watery universes; and side trips to garden ponds and scientific laboratories.
The stunning images of dragonflies in this book are incomparable to anything you have ever seen. Pioneers in the electronic imaging of insects, the authors share their spectacular scans of live dragonflies, enhanced with beautiful photographs that showcase them in their natural environment. Dragonflies, once only blurs of colors and wings, are displayed like never before.
Accompanying the images is a lively text chronicling dragonfly history, myths, evolution, biology, and ecology, and clarifying common misunderstandings about their nature. Imparting a lifelong passion for these remarkable creatures, the authors also ask us to join them in some hands-on activities to increase our awareness of and interaction with dragonfliesfrom tips on creating a dragonfly garden to instructions for catching, photographing, and scanning them.
Get ready to have your eyes opened by this true education about all things
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James L. Lasswell is a Senior Research Associate with the Texas A&M University Agricultural Research Station. He and Mitchell have co-authored several articles on dragonflies.
Dragonflies, those "mosquitohawk" denizens
of wetlands, are the subject of this beautiful book. The authors, scientists
at the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, needed to identify dragonflies
while working on a water?quality project. They invented a technique for
using a flatbed scanner to create extremely detailed images of living
dragonflies, which accurately reproduced their colors and anatomical details,
and they created a Web site to display these images. This book grew out
of their desire to promote greater awareness and understanding of these
aerial predators. The first few chapters cover the folklore and fossil
history of dragonflies, along with their natural history and daily lives.
Watching dragonflies through binoculars and collecting them for study
(much easier said than done!) each receive a section. Two extremely interesting
chapters complete the text: one on water gardening to attract dragonflies,
including rearing larvae in containers, and the other on photographic
and digital scanning techniques. This is a passionate look at a ubiquitous
group of insects."
". . . this volume provides a richly illustrated A
to Z coverage of
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". . . an enticing introduction to the natural history
and appreciation of dragonflies."
"The book's primary impact is its attractive design,
with 130 large, color images laid out in all their detail and glory. It
is worth the reasonable purchase price simply to feast the eyes on these
spectacular pictures. But there is much more . . . .This is a marvelous
production. Get it, absorb the pictures, read it, and go out and enjoy
the dazzling world of dragonflies."
"Who knows what twists of fate kept this wonderful
book from becoming a field guide or reference title? Not that the subject
isn't worthy of either. Instead, the dazzling appearance of these insects
is treated in a grander manner, yielding a small coffee-table title that
aptly shows off their natural beauty. The authors, entomologists clearly
enamored of their subject, provide us with the information, background,
and perspective that other treatments might have missed, while entertaining
us with spectacular close-up photographs of diverse species. . . . A
Dazzle of Dragonflies will provoke curiosity, inspiring more people
to watch and wonder at these amazing insects."
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