Paper pub. date
May 2011
ISBN 9780870715891 (paperback)
5.5 x 8.5 inches, 304 pages. Color Photographs. Drawings. Charts. Index.

Dragonflies and Damselflies of Oregon

A Field Guide

Steve Gordon and Cary Kerst

Growing interest in watching and identifying dragonflies and damselflies has sharpened the need for an authoritative resource like Dragonflies and Damselflies of Oregon, a definitive field guide devoted solely to dragonflies and damselflies found in the state.

Cary Kerst and Steve Gordon include information on identification, as well as biology and behavior, using common terms useful to the novice and experienced enthusiast alike. The book features stunning color photographs of male and female of all species currently known in Oregon, along with helpful illustrations and charts with important identification characteristics.

Dragonflies and Damselflies of Oregon presents the life cycle and larval habits of dragonflies and damselflies, along with photographs of the larvae of families. The Oregon range for each species is mapped, and the size range of adults is provided in text and illustration. The book also includes a description of the best sites in Oregon to observe these amazing insects, a useful tool for viewing uncommon species in spectacular settings.

Dragonflies and Damselflies of Oregon is an essential reference for Odonatists, entomologists, birders, butterfly watchers, fishermen, wetland experts, naturalists, gardeners, artists, photographers, and all outdoor enthusiasts.

  • 91 species descriptions, with ID charts
  • Full-color photographs of all species known in Oregon, with illustrations and charts
  • Description of 30 best locations in Oregon to observe dragonflies
  • Tables of illustrations used as pictorial keys
  • Useful appendices and index

About the author

After retiring from thirty years as a planner for the Lane Council of Governments, longtime birder Steve Gordon became interested in Odonates. Along with coauthoring Dragonflies and Damselflies of Oregon, he was a contributing author to Birds of Oregon: Status and Distribution and Birds of Lane County, Oregon.

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Cary Kerst retired from a career in environmental sciences and now teaches classes with Willamette Resources and Education Network (WREN), Oregon State University, Oregon Paleolands Institute, and Mt. Pisgah Arboretum. He coauthored Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Willamette Valley, Oregon. He has been fascinated with dragonflies since college.

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