Description

Length: 55mm

The UK’s smallest Hawker, emerging before other Hawkers in May. It has a distinctly hairy thorax (see photos), oval spots on each abdominal segment and a long, thin pterostigma.

Male: dark in appearence and the spots on the abdomen are blue. It has green ante-humeral stripes.

Female: yellow markings and much shorter ante-humeral stripes.

Where to See

Latin NameBrachytron pratense
Habitat

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
  • The UK's smallest Hawker, emerging before other Hawkers in May. It has a distinctly hairy thorax. M Dark in appearance and the spots on the abdomen are blue. F has yellow markings. Its early flight season and relatively small size are good clues to its identity.
  • Mainly found near unpolluted, well-vegetated water bodies.
  • Uncommon but increasing its range. Now widely scattered through England, Wales and Ireland but rare in Scotland.
  • 55mm.
  • May – July.
Flight PeriodHairy Dragonfly
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