Where to See Migrant Hawker

Latin NameAeshna mixta

Breeds in standing water but may be found well away from water along hedgerows or woodland edges.

Frequently resting low in vegetation.

Likes to hawk for insects along sheltered woods and hedgerows.

Status & Distribution

Common and increasing its range.

Strongholds in southern England, but now reaching well into northern England and recently appeared in Ireland. Continental migrants may boost the population in late summer.

Similar Species

Can be confused with other Hawkers.

Can be distinguished by:

  • Brown costa (leading wing vein).
  • Yellow “golf-tee” shaped marking on S2 near the top of the abdomen.
  • Short yellow ante-humerals on the thorax.


Species GroupDragonflies