A large brown Hawker with obvious golden brown wings.

Male: small blue and yellow markings.

Female: small yellow markings.

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Latin NameAeshna grandis

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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Brown wings make this species distinct.

Species GroupDragonflies
Identification Notes
  • Length: 73mm
  • Brown body with yellow stripes on the side of the thorax.
  • Brown tinged wings.
  • Male: small blue and yellow markings, and a noticeable waisted appearance.
  • Female: small yellow markings.
Flight PeriodBrown Hawker
Larval Information

Hawkers have a long streamlined body-shape.


Banded legs.

Stripes on the head and thorax.

Broad labial mask.

Abdominal lateral spines on segment 6.

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