Dragonflies are among the most ancient of living creatures - few insect groups fascinate as much or are more immediately recognisable.
In this seminal new work, Philip Corbet and Stephen Brooks examine the behaviour, ecology and distribution of dragonflies in Britain and Ireland, placing emphasis on the insects' habitats and on measures needed to conserve them.
Published in 1960--with Philip Corbet as contributing author--volume 41 of the New Naturalist series provided the first in-depth study of the biology of British dragonflies, helping to inspire many people to take an interest in these intriguing insects. In this new volume, Corbet has teamed up with Stephen Brooks, offering a fascinating new outlook on the natural history of dragonflies. The authors have combined their knowledge and experience to help illuminate the relevance of British dragonfly species, placing them in the overall context of natural history from a broader, worldwide perspective.
Illustrated with beautiful photography throughout, "Dragonflies" explores all aspects of the biological significance of dragonfly behaviour, thus revealing the beauty and hidden complexity of these powerful, agile, flying predators.
A valuable and engaging update of the classic New Naturalist volume on the Odonata.
- BBC Wildlife
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Stephen Brooks has worked in the Department of Entomology at The Natural History Museum, London, since 1979. He is author of the "Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Great Britain and Ireland" and has written many scientific articles on dragonflies. He is a member of the British Dragonfly Society and has been editor of the BDS Journal and a member of the BDS Conservation Group. His research into dragonflies has taken him to Central America, southern and western Africa and much of Europe.