Dragonfly species in Monmouthshire: Southern Migrant Hawker

Distribution map of Southern Migrant Hawker in Monmouthshire, April 2023
Distribution map of Southern Migrant Hawker in Monmouthshire, April 2023, produced using the DMAP for Windows software written by Alan Morton, www.dmap.co.uk

There are two records of Southern Migrant Hawker (Aeshna affinis) in Monmouthshire, both occurring in summer 2019, and both males.

1. One at Green Pool, Llandegfedd reservoir, from 13 to 24 August 2019. An account by Gavin Vella, the finder can be read here.

2. One at Goldcliff Lagoons on 1 September 2019. The finders’ account by Wendy and Pete Taylor and Steve Davies can be read here.

Southern Migrant Hawker is widely distributed across much of Europe, reaching the north coast of France and the low countries, from where it has begun colonising southeastern England, and is now well-established in parts of Essex and Kent. It has been recorded widely elsewhere across southern England and with these two records has now reached Wales, and more records are likely to follow.

Photographs of both 2019 individuals, from Llandegfedd (left) photographed by Gavin Vella, and Goldcliff (right) by Steve Davies.