UK’s smallest, hairiest Hawker that emerging before other Hawkers in May.

Male: dark with blue and green markings.

Female: dark with yellow markings.

Where to See

Latin NameBrachytron pratense

Mainly found near unpolluted, well-vegetated water bodies.

Status & Distribution

Uncommon but increasing its range.

Now widely scattered through England, Wales and Ireland but rare in Scotland.

Similar Species

Could potentially be confused with other Hawker dragonflies, but its early flight season and relatively small size are good clues to its identity.

Species GroupDragonflies
Identification Notes
  • Length: 55mm
  • Distinctly hairy thorax.
  • Long, thin pterostigma (wing spots).
  • Male: dark with blue spots on the abdomen and thin green ante-humeral stripes on the thorax.
  • Female:dark with yellow spots on the abdomen and very small yellow ante-humeral stripes on the thorax. 


Flight PeriodHairy Dragonfly