I am about to send the SW guide to the printer, but before I do, there
is a small change I'm considering:
On each of the heading pages for the Dragonflies (Anisoptera) and for
Damselflies (Zygoptera) sections there is a sketch by Barbara Chasteen
that I plan to use again, thus keeping continuity between the CA and SW
guides. It has been suggested that I should consider drawing a dotted
line between the anterior and posterior halves of the abdomen (e.g.
perpendicular to segment 5), and write male on top of it and female
underneath it, to indicate that the illustration is a construct and does
not depict any real dragonfly having both male and female structures.
I want to know if anyone had found these drawings confusing and whether
you feel the change would make the drawings more useful. I'm a bit
afraid that it might 'clutter' the page too much, esp. for the damselfly
I'd really appreciate as much input as possible. If you don't own my CA
guide, you can see the sketches on the CA Dragonflies website at
(just scroll down a little ways).
Thanks in advance for your help!