From fossils and folklore to life cycles and the latest in digital imaging techniques, A Dazzle of Dragonflies will take you into the far-reaching and sometimes secret world of one of our most beneficial insects. The guides are two of the most experienced and ardent fans of the ""mosquitohawk,"" and your journey will include encounters with poets and prehistoric giants; peeks into hidden, watery universes; side trips to garden ponds and scientific laboratories; and much more. Pioneers in the electronic imaging of insects and creators of the award-winning website Digital Dragonflies, the authors share their spectacular scans of live dragonflies, enhanced with beautiful photographs that showcase them in their natural environment. Imparting a lifelong passion for these remarkable creatures, the authors also ask us to join them in some hands-on activities to increase our awareness of and interaction with dragonflies - from tips on creating a dragonfly garden to instructions for catching, photographing, and scanning them. Get ready to have your eyes opened by this true education about all things ""dragonfly.
Forrest L. Mitchell Research entomologist Forrest Mitchell has been fascinated with insects since childhood. This has translated into a career in entomology with the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station and Texas A&M University. Although the main direction of the research program is oriented toward sustainable mitigation of insect-transmitted plant diseases, there is always plenty of time for dragonflies. Forrest lives in Stephenville, Texas.James L. LasswellJames Lasswell is the director of field research for the Entomology Department of the Texas Agriculture Experiment Station in Stephenville, Texas. An avid outdoorsman, he became interested in dragonflies while a graduate student at Texas A&M University. He began photographing dragonflies, and other creatures of nature in 1994. He is an invited speaker or tour guide at a number of educational, civic, and naturalists meetings and festivals each year, where he shares his fascination with dragonflies and other aquatic life with the general public. James lives in Stephenville, Texas.