This gallery contains 3 photos. This beautiful Blue-Eyed Darner dragonfly was discovered on our roof. She had died recently (her colours had not yet faded). Pigmentation loss (the yellows/greens on her segments had dimmed to brown) occurred the following day. Photographed on September 20, 2014.
I’ve posed her on a cactus as this was the best way to photograph macros. Blue-eyed Darners are large dragonflies … some in our back yard are almost as big as the Anna’s hummingbirds that still regularly visit the flowers and nectar feeder in the fall.
With the exception of the damage to her face (eyes/nose/upper lip), she is almost intact and quite a good representative specimen of her species.