Dragonflies

Dragonflies

Magnificent Creatures of Water, Air, and Land

Book - 2015
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A gorgeous tribute to the magic and mystique of dragonflies, with intimate photographs of their entire life cycle

Almost without our noticing, dragonflies dart through our world, flying, seeing, hunting, mating. Their lives are as mysterious as their gossamer wings are beautiful. In this book Pieter van Dokkum reveals many of the dragonfly's secrets, capturing the stages of this striking insect's life cycle in unprecedented close-up photographs. He documents scenes of dragonfly activity seldom witnessed and rarely photographed.

The book begins on a moonlit summer night, when an alien-looking larva crawls out of the water and transforms into a fully formed dragonfly. In the following chapters we witness dew-covered dragonflies sparkling in the morning sun, then a pair of mating dragonflies moving through the air in a twelve-legged, eight-winged dance. In the final chapter, one generation dies as the next prepares to leave the water and begin its own winged journey. Each stage is documented through van Dokkum's inquisitive lens and accompanied by information on various species of dragonflies and damselflies, their metamorphosis, and their ecological importance as insect predators.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2015]
ISBN: 9780300197082
030019708X
Branch Call Number: 595.733
Characteristics: 175 pages : color illustrations ; 20 x 27 cm

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Sep 04, 2015

This book is a beautiful introduction to dragonflies. It tells all the basic facts one page at a time with a great photograph on each page. A photo illustrates each fact. This book is easy reading and should make a reader aware of these wonderful creatures.

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