Closeup: Blue-Eyed Darner Dragonfly

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.

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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.

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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.

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