Medium sized Hawker that breeds in bog pools in the Highlands of Scotland.

Male: has extensive blue markings on the abdomen and blue eyes.

Female: occurs in two colour forms, brown or blue, and has brown eyes.

Where to See

Latin NameAeshna caerulea

Found flying near boggy pools in moorland.

Both sexes settle readily on tree trunks and rocks in cool conditions.

Status & Distribution

Scotland only.

Widespread in the Highlands but rarely abundant.

Similar Species

Similar in appearance to other Hawkers but its range only overlaps that of the Common Hawker.

Azure Hawker is smaller and has brown costa instead of yellow.

Species GroupDragonflies
Identification Notes
  • Length: 62mm
  • Eyes only touch for a short distance.
  • Brown costa (leading wing vein).
  • Male has extensive blue markings on the abdomen, narrow stripes on the sides of the thorax and blue eyes.
  • Female occurs in two colour forms, brown or blue. The abdominal markings are smaller than in the male, giving the female a darker appearance, and their eyes are brown.
Flight PeriodAzure Hawker