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Common Dragonflies of the Southwest,
A Beginner's Pocket Guide.
by Kathy Biggs
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Published March 2004
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The West's 1st dragonfly guide:
of the West
by Dennis Paulson
UPDATED - Spring 2013
Dragonflies of California and the Greater Southwest
A Beginner's Guide
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Dragonflies of North America,
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Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West
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DRAGONFLIES & DAMSELFLIES
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Sketch of a dragonfly body
showing the body parts...pg. 10
by Barbara Chasteen
DRAGONFLIES - Anisoptera:
Large, heavy-bodied; ordinarily larger than damselflies.
Wings are held open & flat or down & forward when perched.
Large eyes are spaced very close together and in most families actually touch, creating a seam down the center.
Strong fliers; a few are even migratory.
Males have three terminal abdominal appendages and a bump (genitalia) under their second abdominal segment.
All females have only two terminal abdominal appendages and in many families they also have an ovipositor.
Most dragonflies lay their eggs directly into the water.
As of 2010, the southwest has at least 132 species of Anisoptera in 45 genera, representing all seven American dragonfly families.
showing the body parts ...pg. 90
by Barbara Chasteen
Slender-bodied, generally smaller and more frail than dragonflies. Most have an eyespot in back of each eye.
When perched, all four wings are usually held together alongside or sail- like over the abdomen.
Eyes set far apart on head, appear hammer headed.
Weak fliers, usually found not too far from water.
Males have a bump (genitalia) under their 2nd abdominal segment and four terminal abdominal appendages.
Females have a wide ovipositor on the lower end of their abdomen and only two terminal abdominal appendages.
Damselflies lay their eggs directly into vegetation.
As of 2010, the southwest has at least 80 damselfly species in 15 SW genera, representing 4 of the 5 American families.
Click here to see the life cycle of a dragonfly in a photo story with text!
A Facebook Western Odonata group was formed in 2013. Click on the image above link to check it out!
Click on a map below to be taken to a website that features only the dragonflies of that particular state.
and discussion group: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/CalOdes/
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