Description

Large Hawker with paired spots down the abdomen.

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

Female: brown with yellow, blue or green spots on the abdomen and very small/absent ante-humeral stripes.

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Where to See

Latin NameAeshna juncea
Habitat

In moorland habitats with acidic pools.

Sometimes seen hunting woodland rides at dusk.

Threats
  • Climate change; increasing temperatures and erratic rainfall threaten the species bog pool habitat.
  • Ditch installation and drainage.
  • Peat cutting.
  • Forestation of the uplands.
Status & Distribution

Common in western England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

Similar Species

Similar in appearance to other Hawkers but only shares its moorland habitat with Azure Hawker. The Common Hawker is larger, has yellow markings and yellow costa (leading wing vein) instead of brown.

Species GroupDragonflies
Identification Notes
  • Length: 74mm
  • Paired spots on each abdominal segment.
  • Yellow costa (leading wing vein).
  • Broad stripes on side of the thorax.
  • Male: Blue eyes. Black with blue spots the abdomen and thin yellow ante-humeral stripes on the thorax.
  • Female: Brown-green eyes. Brown with yellow, blue or green spots on the abdomen and very small/absent ante-humeral stripes.
Flight PeriodCommon Hawker
Larval Information

Hawkers have a long streamlined body-shape.

40-51mm.

Broad mask.

No abdominal lateral spines on segment 6.

No banding on body or legs.

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