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 the naturalist, 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.
Dr Brian Nelson is an entomologist employed as the curator of Freshwater Invertebrates at the Ulster Museum in Belfast. His interests cover all aspects of Irish entomology and natural history, but especially wetland species and habitats. He was born in the County Fermanagh lakeland and has had a lifelong fascination with wetlands. He has published many papers and articles on dragonflies and other invertebrates. His interest in watching and recording dragonflies developed in the 1980s and the first species he can remember identifying correctly was an Irish Bluet. Robert Thompson is an accomplished freelance natural history photographer, author and acclaimed specialist in close-up and macro photography in the UK. He is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and the Irish Photographic Federation and has written numerous books on various natural history topics and nature photography.