DRAGONFLIES by Hilda Simon


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An admirably thorough study of dragonfly physiology and habits, accompanied by Simon's characteristically careful, jewel-like drawings. Whether you find these representations more useful than Ross Hutchins' photographs of The World of Dragonflies and Damselflies (1969) is a matter of taste, but Simon is impeccably well organized (a ""Guide to North American Dragonflies"" and, for aesthetes, a ""Picture Gallery of Dragonfly Beauties"" follow chapters on general characteristics) and invariably clear (her discussion of mating rituals includes separate illustrations and a double-page recap showing the five stages in sequence). Mary Phillips (Dragonflies and Damselflies, 1960) and Hutchins have already done quite well by the Odonata; Simon offers a third attractive alternative.

Pub Date: April 27th, 1972
Publisher: Viking