Odonatology References

This is not a comprehensive listing, consisting mainly of literature I was familiar with prior to about 1990. Some of it has been superceded, certainly there are more identification guides for Europe and other areas than indicated here. The purpose of this listing is not to be a dragonfly research bibliography. Items that would be of general interest to dragonfly enthusiasts such as identification guides, organizations, articles in widely distributed magazines, research projects, information requests, etc. are welcome especially for North America.
updated Sep 23, 1997 (updated SIO site and added Systematics group and WDA)
updated Sep 21, 1996 (added Westfall and May)

WWW Sites

Dragonflies and Damselflies Home Page (lots of good stuff for North America)

Societas Internationalis Odonatologica

Specialist Group for Systematic and Phylogenetic Odonatology (electronic journal PETALURA, odonate bibliography)
Phylogenetic Systematics of Odonata

World Dragonfly Association (link to Pheonix)

General (Biology, Life History, ...)

Biology of Odonata, Philip S. Corbet, Annual Reviews of Entomology vol 25 pg 189-217 1980
A Biology of Dragonflies, Philip S. Corbet, Classey 1983
Dragonflies, Philip S.Corbet, Cynthia Longfield, and N.W. Moore, Collins 1985

North American Identification Guides

Damselflies of North America Minter J. Westfall and Mike L. May, Scientific Publishers Inc. 1996

Dragonflies of North America James G. Needham and Minter J.Westfall, University of California Press 1954

The Odonata of Canada and Alaska in 3 volumes from University of Toronto Press
Vol 1 Zygoptera E.M.Walker 1953
Vol 2 Anisoptera E.M.Walker 1958
Vol 3 Anisoptera (superfamily Libelluloidea) E.M.Walker and P.S. Corbet 1978
was reprinted 1998

North American Field and Area Guides

In identifying dragonflies from their appearance, it is important to remember that, in a number of common cases, especially for the damselflies, the males and females look different. Also, sexually immature males sometimes lack the coloration of fully mature males. These differences may or may not be indicated in general insect field guides.

Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders

Dragonflies of the Florida Peninsula, Bermuda, and the Bahamas (c 1989)
Damselflies of the Florida Peninsula, Bermuda, and the Bahamas (c 1990)
both by Sidney Dunkle

The Dragonflies of British Columbia Robert A. Cannings and Kathleen M. Stuart, B.C. Provincial Museum 1977

Some European Identification and Field Guides

The Dragonflies of Great Britain and Ireland Cyril O. Hammond, revised by Robert Merritt, Harley Books, 1983
excellent color drawings, details of nymphs, distribution maps in 10km squares

Numerous local publications for Great Britain including:

Unsere Libellen, Gerhard Jurzitza, Franckh'sche Verlagshandlung, 1978
pretty good photos supplemented by text and drawings, 71 pages

A Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain, Europe and North Africa
J. d'Aguilar, J-L Dommanget and R. Prechac Collins 1986

Magazine Articles

Smithsonian, vol 27 No. 4 July 1996 page 70, Dragonflies... by Richard Conniff (wind tunnel picture)
Natural History, vol 93 No. 7 1984 page 32, Dragonfly Monopoly by Vicky McMillan
Canadian Geographic, vol 104 No. 3 1984 page 62, Dragonflies... by Bernard Jackson (good photographs)


British Dragonfly Society

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Ron Lyons (volunteer 1990-1999)
Chula Vista Nature Center, 1000 Gunpowder Point Drive, Chula Vista, CA 91910-1201