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TITLEAbbott, J.C. 2005. Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.
Resources listed in the 11th Approximation plus those provided by Ami Thompson - Assistant Professor of Biology, North Carolina Wesleyan College
1Educational AidDragonfly Curriculum Guide 1st EditionA free Spanish version is being developed.
2Educational AidDriven to Discover Citizen Science Curriculum Guide: Dragonflies and Odonata CentralA curriculum written by Ami Thompson for the University of Minnesota Extension. This pdf is free. There are other curricula within this series on Birds, Pollinators, and Phenology.
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3ID GuideDamselflies of the Northeast : A Guide to the Species of Eastern Canada & the Northeastern United StatesNot exactly our geographic area but a good resource nonetheless.
4ID GuideDragonflies and Damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast
5ID GuideDragonflies and Damselflies of the East
6ID GuideDragonflies of North Carolina, South Carolina, and GeorgiaThis pamphlet was recommended to me, but I haven't seen it.
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7OrganizationDragonfly Society of the Americas
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8Relevant PublicationAbbott, J.C. 2005. Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.Recommended.
9Relevant PublicationBarlow, A.E., D.M. Golden, and J. Bangma. 2009. Field Guide to the Dragonflies of New Jersey. New Jersey Department of Enivironmental Protection, Flemington
10Relevant PublicationBeaton, G. 2007. Dragonflies and Damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast. University of Georgia Press, Athens, GA. Highly recommended
11Relevant PublicationBick, G.H., and B. Mauffray. 1997-2004. Distribution Summary of North American Anisoptera; on, International Odonata Research Institute website
12Relevant PublicationCarpenter, V. 1991. Dragonflies and Damselflies of Cape Cod. The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Natural History Series No. 4
13Relevant PublicationCorbet, P. S. 1999. Dragonflies: Behavior and Ecology of Odonata. Comstock Publishing Associates, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY.Everything ever published about dragonflies from 1999 and earlier summarized - the "bible" of Odonatology.
14Relevant PublicationCórdoba-Aguilar, A., editor. 2008. Dragonflies & Damselflies: Model Organisms for Ecological and Evolutionary Research. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK
15Relevant PublicationDragonfly HaikuAn amazing book of dragonfly Haiku poetry written by dragonfly scientists and artists.
16Relevant PublicationDragonfly Nymphs of North AmericaRecent release and only accurate guide to North American nymph identification -- beautiful and abundant illustrations.
17Relevant PublicationDragonfly Society of the Americas Checklist Committee. 2018. The Odonata of North America. OdonataCentral websiteHighly recommended
18Relevant PublicationDunkle, S.W. 1989. Dragonflies of the Florida Peninsula, Bermuda and the Bahamas. Scientific Publishers, Gaines- ville, FL.Recommended
19Relevant PublicationDunkle, S.W. 1990. Damselflies of Florida, Bermuda and the Bahamas. Scientific Publishers, Gainesville, FL.Recommended
20Relevant PublicationDunkle, S.W. 2000. Dragonflies through Binoculars. Oxford University Press, New YorkHighly recommended
21Relevant PublicationLam, E. 2004. Damselflies of the Northeast. Biodiversity Books, Forest Hills.
22Relevant PublicationLegler, K., D. Legler, and D. Westover. 1998. Color Guide to Common Dragonflies of Wisconsin. Revised ed.Privately printed.
23Relevant PublicationMauffray, B. 2005. North American Zygoptera, updated version of Westfall and May (1996) list; on, International Odonata Research Institute website.
24Relevant PublicationMay, M. L. and S. W. Dunkle. 2007. Damselflies of North America: color supplement. Scientific Publishers, Gainesville, FL.
25Relevant PublicationMead, K. 2003. Dragonflies of the North Woods. Kollath-Stensaas Publishing, Duluth, MN.
26Relevant PublicationNeedham, J.G., M.J. Westfall, Jr., and M.L. May. 2014. Dragonflies of North America; Third Edition. Scientific Publishers, Gainesville, FL.Detailed scientific work – recommended for collectors.
27Relevant PublicationNikula, B., and J. Sones, with D. and L. Stokes. 2002. Beginner’s Guide to Dragonflies. Little, Brown and Company, Boston.
28Relevant PublicationPaulson, D. 2011. Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.Highly recommended.
29Relevant PublicationPaulson, D. 2019. Dragonflies & Damselflies: A Natural History. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.
30Relevant PublicationRoble, S.M. 1994. A Preliminary Checklist of the Damselflies of Virginia, with Notes on Distribution and Seasonality (Odonata: Zygoptera). Banisteria 4:3-23.
31Relevant PublicationRoble, S.M., and R.D. Cuyler. 1998. The Damselflies and Dragonflies (Odonata) of the Great Dismal Swamp and Vicinity, pp. 115-131; in, Rose, R.K., ed. The Natural History of the Great Dismal Swamp. Omni Press, Madison, WI.
32Relevant PublicationTennessen, K. J. 2019. Dragonfly Nymphs of North America: An Identification Guide. Springer Nature Switzerland AG, Cham, Switzerland.
33Relevant PublicationWalton, R.K., and R.A. Forster. 1997. Common Dragonflies of the Northeast (video). VHS.Privately published.
34Relevant PublicationWare, J.L., E. Pilgrim, M.L. May, T.W. Donnelly, and K. Tennessen. 2017. Phylogenetic relationships of North American Gomphidae and their close relatives. Systematic Entomology 42(2): 347-358.
35Relevant PublicationWestfall, M. J., Jr and M. L. May. 2006. Damselflies of North America; Revised Edition. Scientific Publishers, Gainesville, FL.Detailed scientific work – recommended for collectors.
36Relevant PublicationWhite, M. 2011. Natural History of Delmarva Dragonflies and Damselflies: Essays of a Lifelong Observer. University of Delaware Press, Newark, DE.
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37WebsiteA photographic guide to all the Odonates of the Delmarva PeninsulaPhotos and minimal text of all species found on the Delmarva Peninsula.
38WebsiteAllen Bryan’s personal website.Damselflies and Dragonflies found and photographed in Virginia, North Carolina, or Montana. Photos and some text for most species found in North Carolina.
39WebsiteAtlas of Rare Butterflies, Skippers, Moths, Dragonflies & Damselflies of VirginiaThis site provides county range maps for all species considered as rare by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Natural Heritage Program. Information on the life history of each of the rare species is also provided.
40WebsiteDragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata) of Georgia, the southeastern U.S., and beyondThis site, created by Marion Dobbs, provides photos and county range maps for all species found in Georgia; most of these are also found in North Carolina.
41WebsiteGiff Beaton’s personal website.Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata) of Georgia and the Southeast. Photos and some text for most species found in North Carolina.
42WebsiteGreg Lasley’s personal website.Photos of odonates of North America.
43WebsiteInternational Odonata Research InstituteProvides a number of links and checklists.
44WebsiteJeff Pippen’s personal website.Photos of North Carolina odonates.
45WebsiteOdonataCentralProvides a number of links to various odonate resources, contains an online data entry feature, and shows county distribution maps (and records) for all North American species. The site also has a link to “The Odonata of North America.”
46WebsiteSoutheastern Odes Public Group on FacebookPosts on identification, sightings, ecology, and other aspects of odonates in the southeastern US.
47WebsiteSteve Krotzer’s personal website.Features photos of adult and larval odonates from Alabama and Mississippi, most of which also occur in NC.
48WebsiteTroy Hibbitts’s personal website.Photos of North American odonates.
49WebsiteWill Cook’s personal website.Photos of North Carolina and Virginia odonates.