Description

Large Hawker with paired spots down the abdomen.

Male: black with paired blue spots down the abdomen and thin yellow ante-humeral stripes on the thorax.

Female: brown with paired yellow, blue or green and very small/absent ante-humeral stripes.

Where to See

Latin NameAeshna juncea
Habitat

In moorland habitats with acidic pools.

Sometimes seen hunting woodland rides at dusk.

Status & Distribution

Common in western England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

Similar Species

Similar in appearance to other Hawkers.

Can be identified by:

  • yellow costa
  • moorland habitat
Species GroupDragonflies
Identification Notes
  • Length: 74mm
  • Look for paired dots on each abdominal segment.
  • Yellow costa (leading wing vein).
  • Male: black with paired blue spots down the abdomen, thin yellow ante-humeral stripes on the thorax and blue eyes.
  • Female: brown with paired yellow, blue or green, very small/absent ante-humeral stripes and brownish eyes. 
Flight PeriodCommon Hawker
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