This shot is looking at the head from underneath. What you're seeing is the upper jaw and its fangs (I've removed the lower jaw at this point) and one eye (I also removed the other eye). The Dragonflies neck, or spine, fits into that hollow just to the left of the eye. There would be more interior "guts" detail but the ants had already gotten to this little fellow by the time I received him and had eaten most of his insides out already. Also he was pretty crispy at this point and in trying to gingerly take him apart most pieces flaked off and flipped away, and Dragonfly parts are teeny and hard to find!
This is a true Dragonfly autopsy.
A friend of my wife’s found this dead Dragonfly and gave it to my wife to give to me. Very thoughtful!
I made some super-micro shots of it and then I decided I would pull it apart bit by bit and photograph the deep interiors of the mouth, the upper and lower jaws, the many fangs inside the mouth, and pull off the eyes and photograph the interiors of the eyes.
This was a ridiculously difficult task...Dragonfly parts are teeny-tiny! I mean, teeny-tiny!!
Coupled with the difficulties of shooting super-micro photographs of these small Dragonfly parts was the fact that little tiny ants were grabbing bits and pieces and trying to cart them off while I was shooting! So I wound up shooing even teenier-tinier little ants while trying not to harm them to keep them away from the parts of the Dragonfly I was attempting to photograph. It was quite an experience.
I’m uploading them all at once; there are 11 total so far in the series. I will get around to describing each photo in more detail. You may see them all in my set, “Dragonfly Mortuary/Autopsy,” here:
And if you love Dragonflies as much as I do please visit my Dragonfly set, “Dragonflies,” here:
Whether alive or dead, they are some of the most fascinating creatures I’ve ever known!
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