Tuesday, May 3, 2011

myScience :: Damselflies of Texas

Damselflies of Texas
by John C. Abbott
Field Guide for Texas Damselflies Highlights Diversity of Fascinating Insects
May 3, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas — A new field guide for damselflies by University of Texas at Austin entomologist John Abbott is the most comprehensive guide for identifying the colorful insects that flit about streams and ponds around the state.

‘Damselflies of Texas’ covers the 77 species of damselflies in Texas. Because more than half of the 138 North American species of damselflies occur in the state, the guide can be considered very useful for the entire United States.

‘Damselflies are the generally smaller and daintier counterparts to dragonflies with which most people will be more familiar,’ says Abbott, curator of entomology at the Texas Natural Science Center and the Brackenridge Field Lab. ’Despite their smaller size, they are actually often easier to see and study because they are not as strong a flier as dragonflies. The two largest groups of damselflies in North America are very similar and field observers often get frustrated trying to identify them. This book provides ample illustrations and descriptions, along with comparative figures to help separate and identify these similar species.’ Read more »

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