Brown Hawker

Aeshna grandis

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Length: 73mm

Flight Period: July - September (occasional individuals in June and October)

A large Hawker with obvious golden brown wings. Both sexes have strong yellow stripes on the sides of the thorax and no ante-humeral stripes.

Male: chocolate brown with small blue and yellow markings. It has a noticeable waisted appearence.

Female: small yellow markings and lacks the males waist.


Breeds in standing or slow-flowing water laying its eggs in floating or emergent vegetation or timber. Hunts well away from water and may be found hawking woodland rides well into the evening.

Status & Distribution

Generally common and widespread, though absent from Scotland and some parts of the southwest.

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Similar species

Similar in shape to other Hawkers but the brown wings are a clear guide to its identity.