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This outstanding monograph presents a critical review of information, published and unpublished, worldwide, on the behaviour and ecology of dragonflies in all stages of the life cycle for both physical and biotic environments. Information about tropical and temperate species in functional and evolutionary contexts is skilfully integrated and facts and ideas are reviewed in the context of current biological thinking. Dragonflies: Behaviour and Ecology of Odonata includes more than 4000 bibliographical entries, and concludes with indexes to authors, taxa and subjects.
Originally published with imprint Apollo, ISBN 9780946589777
Philip Corbet is a world authority on the Odonata and author of the highly regarded A Biology of Dragonflies (which the present work comprehensively updates), and co-author with Cynthia Longfield and Norman Moore of the New Naturalist volume on Dragonflies. He has recently been awarded the Royal Society of Edinburgh's prestigious Neill Medal (2002) for this book as "an extraordinary piece of scholarship and biological insight." This is awarded triennially to a Scottish Naturalist for a major contribution to natural history.
"[O]ne of the definitive natural history texts of the twentieth century."
– Mike Siva-Jothy, Nature
"I am convinced that Philip Corbet's Dragonflies is and will remain one of the truly great entomological books."
– Norman Moore, Biological Conservation