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CNHG Dragonflies & Damselflies of California

CNHG Dragonflies & Damselflies of California

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The Exclamation Damsel, Bison Snaketail, Powdered Dancer, Black Meadowhawk, and Sedge Sprite are just a few of the dragonflies and damselflies identified in this complete guide to California's abundant Odonates.

o Species accounts discuss identification in the field and in the hand, behavior, habitat associations, geographic distribution, and flight season

o Includes 40 vivid full-color plates and supplemental black-and-white drawings

o Provides a general overview of dragonfly anatomy, behavior, life history, and a complete set of range maps
The Exclamation Damsel, Bison Snaketail, Powdered Dancer, Black Meadowhawk, and Sedge Sprite are just a few of the dragonflies and damselflies identified in this complete guide to California's abundant Odonates.

o Species accounts discuss identification in the field and in the hand, behavior, habitat associations, geographic distribution, and flight season

o Includes 40 vivid full-color plates and supplemental black-and-white drawings

o Provides a general overview of dragonfly anatomy, behavior, life history, and a complete set of range maps

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Published by: University of California Press on Dec 03, 2008
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INTRODUCTION
 
Dragonfly Behavior 
Adult dragonflies use vision as their primary means ofassessingtheir environment.In this way,they are like us,and their behav-ior,as compared to that ofmany other,more secretive insects,isrelatively easy to understand ifwe simply watch what they do.Manyspecific behaviors are characteristic ofparticular species orgroups ofspecies,so in making an identification,observing be-havior is often as important as noting appearance.Dragonfly behavior has evolved in response to a few simpleneeds:The need to eatThe need to avoid being eatenThe need to reproduceThe need to regulate body temperature (thermoregulation)The need to disperseSome ofthe distinctive behaviors odonates have evolved tomeet these needs are discussed in the following sections.
Feeding Behavior
Dragonflies are voracious predators;they eat just about any ani-mal they can catch and chew,including other dragonflies.Mostprey ofadult dragonflies are flying insects,taken on the wing.Thetwo general types ofaerial feeding used by dragonflies are hawk-ing (the constant pursuit offlying insects) and sallying (dartingout from a perch to capture prey and then return to the perch).Hawking dragonflies remind bird-watchers ofswifts or swallowsand often feed in swarms as do those bird species,whereas salliersare reminiscent offlycatchers.Some species are hover-gleaners,
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