Damselflies of Alberta: Flying Neon Toothpicks in the Grass by John AcornDamselflies of Alberta: Flying Neon Toothpicks in the Grass by John Acorn

Damselflies of Alberta: Flying Neon Toothpicks in the Grass

byJohn Acorn

Paperback | September 21, 2004

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With iridescent blues and greens, damselflies are some of the most beautiful flying insects as well as the most primitive. As members of the insect order Odonata they are related to dragonflies but are classified in a separate suborder. These aquatic insects are a delight to the eye and a fascinating creature of study. In Damselflies of Alberta, naturalist John Acorn describes the twenty-two species native to the province. Exhaustively researched, yet written in an accessible style, the author's enthusiasm for these flying neon toothpicks is compelling. More than a field guide, this is a passionate investigation into one of nature's winged marvels of the wetlands.
John Acorn is a writer, broadcaster, and biologist. In 2008, he received NSERC's Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion. He lives in Edmonton with his wife Dena and sons Jesse and Ben.
Title:Damselflies of Alberta: Flying Neon Toothpicks in the GrassFormat:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 9.01 × 6.01 × 0.31 inPublished:September 21, 2004Publisher:The university of Alberta PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0888644191

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"...Acorn's species accounts are very enticingly spiced with an abundance of well-researched (and sometimes quirky) natural history notes, scientific facts, interesting quotes and anecdotes. Indeed, these features should make it a well-read, used and sought-after book for a wide audience, including both amateur and professional naturalists, as well as field biologists and scientists, but also just 'plain folks' with a general curiosity about the natural world. In addition, the six introductory chapters preceding the species accounts also nicely summarize the biology and ecology of these amazing creatures and give a good overview of the history of research on damselflies in Alberta. Like the rest of the book, they are very well-documented and engagingly well-written by an obviously passionate entomologist who is also an acknowledged modern-day expert in scientific popular writing and communication. In summary, I believe many will find this book of interest. In nearly all respects, it is one of the best of its kind on the subject and should prove itself a very welcome addition to any nature enthusiast's library." Denis Doucet, Mount Allison University, Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Canada, September 2008