Where to See Common Hawker

Latin NameAeshna juncea

In moorland habitats with acidic pools.

Sometimes seen hunting woodland rides at dusk.

  • Climate change; increasing temperatures and erratic rainfall threaten the species bog pool habitat.
  • Ditch installation and drainage.
  • Peat cutting.
  • Forestation of the uplands.
Status & Distribution

Common in western England, Wales and Scotland. This species has declined in England since 1995.

Similar Species

Similar in appearance to other Hawkers but only shares its moorland habitat with Azure Hawker. The Common Hawker is larger, has yellow markings and yellow costa (leading wing vein) instead of brown.

Species GroupDragonflies