By Brian Nelson and Robert Thompson

Front cover of book

Dragonflies are regarded by many as the jewels of the insect world. For centuries, they have been revered by humans and celebrated in art, poetry and religion. Today, they are a very popular group with naturalists, appreciated for their beauty and exceptional ability on the wing. The modern-day dragonflies are the descendants of giant insects that flew in the prehistoric forests of the Carboniferous era.

In this comprehensive study of the Irish fauna, Brian Nelson and Robert Thompson combine their knowledge and research based on twenty years of field study with new information gleaned from an extensive four-year study carried out by the DragonflyIreland Project.

The book covers all aspects of dragonfly biology and ecology and the history of dragonfly study in Ireland. There are comprehensive accounts of all the resident and migrant species, an in-depth description of the major odonate habitats and a gallery section illustrating and describing over fifty sites in detail. Additional chapters include Fieldcraft, Conservation, Where to watch odonates and Photography. There is an extensive bibliography listing all currently known publications.

The highly informative text is written for the keen naturalist, biologist and those wishing to garner a greater understanding and appreciation of these magnificent wetland insects. This high quality publication is lavishly illustrated throughout, with over three hundred outstanding colour photographs of habitats, larvae and adults of all the resident and migrant species found in Ireland.

(Above text taken from the front flyleaf of the book)

Comments from some of the reviews

‘...a superb addition to any bookshelf...amazingly good value...’ Jill Silsby, Newsletter of Worldwide Dragonfly Association.

‘This book is wonderful, amazing, beautiful.’ Paul Cormacain, The News Letter.

‘A must-have for anyone with an interest in the island's wildlife...’ Valerie Robinson, The Irish News.

‘...lavish and lovely...bursting with exquisite photographs of the insects and their watery landscapes...’ Michael Viney, The Irish Times.

‘...this monumental publication oozes quality and is something very special. of the highest-quality publications on dragonflies ever published.’ Steve Cham, British Wildlife.

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