Published: April 2006
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In Learn More the National Geographic magazine team shares some of its best sources and other information to expand your knowledge of our featured subjects. Special thanks to the Research Division.

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Corbet, Philip. Dragonflies: Behavior and Ecology of Odonata. Cornell University Press, 1999.

Dunkle, Sidney. Dragonflies Through Binoculars: A Field Guide to Dragonflies of North America. Oxford University Press, 2000.

Miller, Michelle, and Ola Fincke. "Cues for Mate Recognition and the Effect of Prior Experience on Mate Recognition in Enallagma Damselflies." Journal of Insect Behavior (Vol. 12, No. 6, 1999), 801-14.

Mitchell, Forrest, and James Lasswell. A Dazzle of Dragonflies. Texas A&M University Press, 2005.

Silsby, Jill. Dragonflies of the World. Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001.

NGS Resources

Wilson, Keith. "The Dragon Hunter." National Geographic Explorer! (September 2005), 4-9.

Needham, James G. "Dragonflies—Rainbows on the Wing." National Geographic (August 1951), 215-29.