Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Fall 2005


Published in Great Plains Research 15:2 (Fall 2005). Copyright © 2005 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Used by permission.


This book is small enough to fit into a field pack or be rolled up and put in your pocket, but don't be misled by the size: it contains many compelling topics in addition to identification and species accounts. Of special interest is the chapter on the history of damselfly study in Alberta. Settlement of many areas of the Canadian and American Plains occurred about a hundred years ago, and the pattern was similar in many places-avid amateurs or professional biologists began the study of local faunas, and the stories of their personal lives and experiences in those pioneer years enrich the study of plant and animal groups for us today. Tales told by John Acorn about past and present damselfly enthusiasts in Alberta provide a context that makes the insects all the more interesting.