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The Dragonflies of the British Isles

Nature volume 142, page 596 (01 October 1938) | Download Citation



THIS handy manual should prove of material help in popularizing the study of British dragonflies. It is the first to appear on the subject since Lucas's handbook of 1900, which is expensive and now out of print. Miss Longfield has achieved a judicious blend of scientific accuracy with an absence of all except a very few technicalities, which is what is needed in a work of its kind. It will serve as a guide to the identification of native British species and an introduction to their habits and distribution. Methods of collecting and preserving specimens are described, while a scientific classification of these insects is appended at the end for those who need it. It is up to date, fully illustrated and, in every way, a reliable little volume. We hope that it will arouse more interest in these insects than prevails at present, for there is much spade work, such as their range of distribution in the British Isles, which the amateur might study to advantage.

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