|The dead Sympetrum striolatum - note the fully extended wings and broken abdomen. Also, the colour has either faded aftre death, or was not fully developed.|
|A close-up of the abdominal segments - the last few are missing, exposing internal structures. Note the tiny teeth around the rear edge of each segment which presumably aid closure against the adjacent segment and/or membrane.|
|Wings clearly showing the veins and pleating, as well as basal structure and the small amount of basal yellowing/darkening.|
|The head showing the large compound eyes and small antennae (bottom-right, jutting forwards).|
|Side view of the thorax - when alive, the large white patches are yellow. Spiracles are visible, such as the elongate hole by the base of the wing.|
Finally, here are my personal 'top three' useful (and not too expensive) books covering identification of British and continental European dragonflies:
Brooks, S. (2004). Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Great Britain and Ireland (4th ed.). BWP, Gillingham.
Dijkstra, K.-D. B. (2006). Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe. BWP, Gillingham.
Smallshire, D. & Swash, A. (2004). Britain's Dragonflies. WILDGuides, Old Basing