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Resources for Dragonflies and Damselflies

"I've been watching dragonflies, and I read about them in Dan's book, and I'll try and tell you what I remember. There's lots of them flying round on the pond, all blue, with big eyes, and sort of lace wings, very pretty. I caught one, and looked at him, and I think he was the handsomest insect I ever saw. They catch littler creatures than they are to eat, and have a queer kind of hook thing that folds up when they ain't hunting. It likes the sunshine, and dances round all day.
Louisa May Alcott, Little Men, Chapter 17.

This resource page contains the following articles on dragonflies in PDF format from the Museum's Magazine, The Living Museum. Click on the title and the PDF will open in Acrobat Reader.(You may download Acrobat Reader here if your computer does not have it.)

"Dragonfly: Friend of Foe? (pdf)

Stalking the Common Dragonflies of Illinois (pdf)

This Resource page also contains the following lists of books, articles, and Web sites about dragonflies and damselflies.

Dragonfly Biodiversity site at the University of Puget Sound

Tree of Life Web Project

Elementary school art lesson on dragonfly anatomy

Kildeer Countryside Virtual Wetlands Preserve

Cultural Odonata Resources from a staff member at UCSD

British Dragonfly Society, FAQ page

Colgate University faculty page about the folklore of dragonflies.




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