This book covers the more than 150 species of damselflies and dragonflies that have been reported to occur in South Africa. Of these, about 30 species are endemic. The main aim of the book is to increase the number of damselfly and dragonfly enthusiasts who are fascinated by these aesthetically pleasing insects that have been around for about 300 million years.
This is a gem of a book with something for every reader written by people who have a passion for their subject. It manages to reach the person with no background on butterflies and enthuse them about conservation with practical advice on how to get started and at the same time it has collected and synthesized diverse information on South African butterflies at the scientific level. There are both scientific names and common names for butterflies and their host plants but at the same time is a pleasure to read, has a host of interesting bits of information and a light-hearted approach.
Since the publication of Smith's (1986) "A manual of forensic entomology", there have been a series of useful texts in forensic entomology, some written as authoritative resources (Byrd & Castner 2001; Greenberg & Kunish 2002; Wyss & Cherix 2006) and others as training manuals (Catts & Haskell 1990). Dorothy Gennard's contribution is a bit of both, being the first text written primarily as a broad introduction to medico-criminal forensic entomology for specialised undergraduate classes.