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Les Libellules: The Dragonflies

How about brushing up on your French while indulging in the world of dragonflies? Luckily, the generous Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec offers a 200+ page document from the early 1960's by Adrien Robert, titled, Les Libellules du Québec, translated as The Dragonflies of Québec. However, the Bibliothèque's catalog was reconfigured around the time of this article, so you may have to visit the link on a laptop or desktop computer, because cell phones seem to have a problem with the new catalog.

Originally intended for the Ministry of Tourism's Hunting and Fishing Department in Québec, this book tells a lot about our summertime friends, the mysterious dragonflies. Even if you do not read French, the anatomical sketches are highly detailed. If you are concerned about downloading, or even viewing, the link to this document, then please note this is listed as being part of the public domain of Canada per the Bibliothéque et Archives Nationales du Québec. Further, the document itself grants permissions in its French language (this is followed by a loose, and hopefully accurate, English translation):


"Le texte ou les illustrations peuvent être reproduits en tout ou en partie sans autre autorisation, pourvu que mention soit faite de la provenance, sous le titre du présent ouvrage, et au nom du Service de Biogéographie, Secrétariat de la Province de Québec."


"The text or illustrations may be reproduced in whole or in part without further authorization, provided that mention is made of the provenance, under the title of the work, and in the name of the Biogeography Service, Secretary of the Province of Québec."


Thank you (Merci) to the Bibliothéque et Archives Nationales du Québec for sharing this informative book with everyone!


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