Excitement today arrived in the shape of the new ‘field guide’ to Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East by Dennis Paulson.
At first glance it looks to be a welcome addition to the available literature on odonata in North America although I suspect the Quebec data is out of date, simply because there appears to be little accessible information regarding the status of odes in Quebec since the 90s. The guide is illustrated by photographs, in the same manner of the companion western version, which has been available for some time. I have a backlog of dragonfly images that I have been waiting to work on and will be putting the new guide to work over the next few weeks. The next step in popularising odonata in North America, and providing a true field guide is to produce an illustrated guide on a par with the excellent European publication, in the meantime, this will do nicely.