THE WORLD OF DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES by Ross E. Hutchins

THE WORLD OF DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Dragonflies and damselflies share the order Odonata; here they also share the spotlight in a comprehensive, able study. Not at all tedious despite the numerous details, this does not have a conventional structure like Phillips' Dragonflies and Damselflies, with a chapter on shared characteristics and separate sections on unique attributes; instead, it introduces them concurrently, referring more often to the more numerous dragonflies. Hutchins includes some quite remarkable photographs--closeups of the almost spherical eye, of mating and egg depositing--and some information not found in Phillips' account: how males stake their territories, how to build a dragonfly trap, an expanded analysis of the principles of flight. As a single reference source, however, the Phillips is a more accessible approach--better organized and concentrating on more elementary topics--but each has its attractions.

Pub Date: May 19th, 1969
Publisher: Dodd, Mead