After a recent frog-catching expedition to Briones Regional Park, Kieran and I came home with a nearly intact Anax junius that had drowned. This is a female, and they have to touch the water to lay eggs, so there’s always a risk of some catastrophe. At least she didn’t die in vain, as she contributed to our study of science.
I drew her at twice life size two different times in letters I wrote to my friends. The second time I tried to include more detail from her intricate wing veins, which are astonishingly hard to draw.
A. junius, or the Green Darner, is nearly our largest local dragonfly. There’s one bigger darner species, but we have never encountered it.