Where to See Southern Hawker

Latin NameAeshna cyanea

Prefers non acidic waters. Breeds in water line vegetation in well-vegetated, small ponds, often in garden ponds. Hunts well away from water and may be found hawking woodland rides well into the evening.


Status & Distribution

Very common in southern and central England and Wales, more local elsewhere (vagrant only to Ireland).

Similar Species

Similar in appearance to other Hawkers. Can be distinguish by its coloration and its broad, strongly coloured ante-humeral stripes on the back of the thorax.

Species GroupDragonflies