Dragonflies of Texas: A Field Guide

Paperback | March 15, 2015

byJohn C. Abbott

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Dragonflies and damselflies (together known as Odonata) are among the most remarkably distinctive insects in their appearance and biology, and they have become some of the most popular creatures sought by avocational naturalists. Texas hosts 160 species of dragonflies, nearly half of the 327 species known in North America, making the state a particularly good place to observe dragonflies in their natural habitats.

Dragonflies of Texas is the definitive field guide to these insects. It covers all 160 species with in situ photographs and detailed anatomical images as needed. Each species is given a two-page spread that includes photographs of both sexes and known variations when possible, key features, a distribution map, identification, discussion of similar species, status in Texas, habitat, seasonality, and general comments. Many of the groups also have comparative plates that show anatomically distinctive characteristics. In addition to the species accounts, John Abbott discusses dragonfly anatomy, life history, conservation, names, and photography. He also provides information on species that may eventually be discovered in Texas, state and global conservation rankings, seasonality of all species in chronological order, and additional resources and publications on the identification of dragonflies.

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Dragonflies and damselflies (together known as Odonata) are among the most remarkably distinctive insects in their appearance and biology, and they have become some of the most popular creatures sought by avocational naturalists. Texas hosts 160 species of dragonflies, nearly half of the 327 species known in North America, making the s...

John C. Abbott is Director of St. Edward’s University Wild Basin Creative Research Center. He is the author of the companion book Damselflies of Texas: A Field Guide and the more specialized volume Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:466 pages, 7.5 × 4.9 × 1.14 inPublished:March 15, 2015Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction What Is a Dragonfly? Dragonfly Anatomy Head Thorax Wings Abdomen Sexes Coloration Life History of Dragonflies Egg Nymph Adult Reproduction Flight Vision Texas Biotic Provinces Dragonfly Habitats Conservation Odonate Names Photographing Dragonflies The Value of Odonate Collections How to Identify Dragonflies How to Use the Species AccountsSpecies Accounts Petaltails Gray Petaltail (Tachopteryx thoreyi) Darners Persephone's Darner (Aeshna persephone) Shadow Darner (Aeshna umbrosa) Amazon Darner (Anax amazili) Blue-spotted Comet Darner (Anax concolor) Comet Darner (Anax longipes) Common Green Darner (Anax junius) Giant Darner (Anax walsinghami) Springtime Darner (Basiaeschna janata) Fawn Darner (Boyeria vinosa) Blue-faced Darner (Coryphaeschna adnexa) Regal Darner (Coryphaeschna ingens) Swamp Darner (Epiaeschna heros) Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeschna furcillata) Bar-sided Darner (Gynacantha mexicana) Cyrano Darner (Nasiaeschna pentacantha) Arroyo Darner (Rhionaeschna dugesi) Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor) Turquoise-tipped Darner (Rhionaeschna psilus) Caribbean Darner (Triacanthagyna caribbea) Pale-green Darner (Triacanthagyna septima) Clubtails Broad-striped Forceptail (Aphylla angustifolia) Narrow-striped Forceptail (Aphylla protracta) Two-striped Forceptail (Aphylla williamsoni) Stillwater Clubtail (Arigomphus lentulus) Bayou Clubtail (Arigomphus maxwelli) Jade Clubtail (Arigomphus submedianus) Black-shouldered Spinyleg (Dromogomphus spinosus) Flag-tailed Spinyleg (Dromogomphus spoliatus) White-belted Ringtail (Erpetogomphus compositus) Eastern Ringtail (Erpetogomphus designatus) Dashed Ringtail (Erpetogomphus heterodon) Serpent Ringtail (Erpetogomphus lampropeltis) Blue-faced Ringtail (Erpetogomphus eutainia) Banner Clubtail (Gomphus apomyius) Plains Clubtail (Gomphus externus) Tamaulipan Clubtail (Gomphus gonzalezi) Cocoa Clubtail (Gomphus hybridus) Gulf Coast Clubtail (Gomphus modestus) Cobra Clubtail (Gomphus vastus) Ashy Clubtail (Gomphus lividus) Pronghorn Clubtail (Gomphus graslinellus) Sulphur-tipped Clubtail (Gomphus militaris) Oklahoma Clubtail (Gomphus oklahomensis) Dragonhunter (Hagenius brevistylus) Ringed Forceptail (Phyllocycla breviphylla) Five-striped Leaftail (Phyllogomphoides albrighti) Four-striped Leaftail (Phyllogomphoides stigmatus) Gray Sanddragon (Progomphus borealis) Common Sanddragon (Progomphus obscurus) Brimstone Clubtail (Stylurus intricatus) Laura's Clubtail (Stylurus laurae) Russet-tipped Clubtail (Stylurus plagiatus) Spiketails Twin-spotted Spiketail (Cordulegaster maculata) Arrowhead Spiketail (Cordulegaster obliqua) Sarracenia Spiketail (Cordulegaster sarracenia) Cruisers Stream Cruiser (Didymops transversa) Bronzed Cruiser (Macromia annulata) Swift River Cruiser (Macromia illinoiensis) Gilded River Cruiser (Macromia pacifica) Royal River Cruiser (Macromia taeniolata) Emeralds Prince Baskettail (Epitheca princeps) Slender Baskettail (Epitheca costalis) Common Baskettail (Epitheca cynosura) Dot-winged Baskettail (Epitheca petechialis) Mantled Baskettail (Epitheca semiaquea) Robust Baskettail (Epitheca spinosa) Selys's Sundragon (Helocordulia selysii) Alabama Shadowdragon (Neurocordulia alabamensis) Smoky Shadowdragon (Neurocordulia molesta) Orange Shadowdragon (Neurocordulia xanthosoma) Fine-lined Emerald (Somatochlora filosa) Coppery Emerald (Somatochlora georgiana) Mocha Emerald (Somatochlora linearis) Texas Emerald (Somatochlora margarita) Clamp-tipped Emerald (Somatochlora tenebrosa) Skimmers Red-tailed Pennant (Brachymesia furcata) Four-spotted Pennant (Brachymesia gravida) Tawny Pennant (Brachymesia herbida) Pale-faced Clubskimmer (Brechmorhoga mendax) Slender Clubskimmer (Brechmorhoga praecox) Gray-waisted Skimmer (Cannaphila insularis) Amanda's Pennant (Celithemis amanda) Calico Pennant (Celithemis elisa) Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina) Banded Pennant (Celithemis fasciata) Ornate Pennant (Celithemis ornata) Double-ringed Pennant (Celithemis verna) Checkered Setwing (Dythemis fugax) Black Setwing (Dythemis nigrescens) Swift Setwing (Dythemis velox) Mayan Setwing (Dythemis maya) Western Pondhawk (Erythemis collocata) Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) Great Pondhawk (Erythemis vesiculosa) Black Pondhawk (Erythemis attala) Pin-tailed Pondhawk (Erythemis plebeja) Claret Pondhawk (Erythemis mithroides) Flame-tailed Pondhawk (Erythemis peruviana) Seaside Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax berenice) Red-mantled Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax fervida) Plateau Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax basifusca) Red-faced Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax fusca) Little Blue Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax minuscula) Black-winged Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax funerea) Band-winged Dragonlet (Erythrdodiplax umbrata) Metallic Pennant (Idiataphe cubensis) Blue Corporal (Ladona deplanata) Golden-winged Skimmer (Libellula auripennis) Needham's Skimmer (Libellula needhami) Bar-winged Skimmer (Libellula axilena) Slaty Skimmer (Libellula incesta) Great Blue Skimmer (Libellula vibrans) Bleached Skimmer (Libellula composita) Comanche Skimmer (Libellula comanche) Spangled Skimmer (Libellula cyanea) Yellow-sided Skimmer (Libellula flavida) Neon Skimmer (Libellula croceipennis) Flame Skimmer (Libellula saturata) Red-mantled Skimmer (Libellula gaigei) Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa) Twelve-spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella) Painted Skimmer (Libellula semifasciata) Marl Pennant (Macrodiplax balteata) Ivory-striped Sylph (Macrothemis imitans) Straw-colored Sylph (Macrothemis inacuta) Jade-striped Sylph (Macrothemis inequiunguis) Hyacinth Glider (Miathyria marcella) Spot-tailed Dasher (Micrathyria aequalis) Three-striped Dasher (Micrathyria didyma) Caribbean Dasher (Micrathyria dissocians) Thornbush Dasher (Micrathyria hagenii) Carmine Skimmer (Orthemis discolor) Roseate Skimmer (Orthemis ferruginea) Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) Red Rock Skimmer (Paltothemis lineatipes) Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) Spot-winged Glider (Pantala hymenaea) Slough Amberwing (Perithemis domitia) Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis tenera) Mexican Scarlet-tail (Planiplax sanguiniventris) Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia) Desert Whitetail (Plathemis subornata) Filigree Skimmer (Pseudoleon superbus) Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum) Cardinal Meadowhawk (Sympetrum illotum) Blue-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum ambiguum) Cherry-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum internum) Striped Meadowhawk (Sympetrum pallipes) Band-winged Meadowhawk (Sympetrum semicinctum) Autumn Meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum) Arch-tipped Glider (Tauriphila argo) Aztec Glider (Tauriphila azteca) Evening Skimmer (Tholymis citrina) Vermilion Saddlebags (Tramea abdominalis) Antillean Saddlebags (Tramea insularis) Striped Saddlebags (Tramea calverti) Carolina Saddlebags (Tramea carolina) Red Saddlebags (Tramea onusta) Black Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata)Appendix A. Species That May Eventually Occur in TexasAppendix B. Conservation Status Ranks for Texas DragonfliesAppendix C. Seasonality of Texas DragonfliesAppendix D. Dragonfly Publications and ResourcesGlossaryReferencesPhotographer CreditsIndex of Common NamesIndex of Scientific Names