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Latin NameBrachytron pratense

Mainly found near unpolluted, well-vegetated water bodies.

Status & Distribution

Stronghold in central and south-east England; also widely scattered in Wales but rare in Scotland. Distribution has increased in England and Scotland in recent years.

Similar Species

Could potentially be confused with other Hawker dragonflies, but can be distinguished by its:

  • earlier flight season.
  • small size.
  • small coloured markings.
Species GroupDragonflies
Identification Notes
  • Length: 55mm
  • Distinctly hairy thorax.
  • Long, thin pterostigma (wing spots).
  • Male: dark with blue spots on the abdomen. Thin green ante-humeral stripes on the thorax.
  • Female: dark with yellow spots on the abdomen. Very small yellow ante-humeral stripes on the thorax. 
Flight PeriodHairy Dragonfly
Larval Information

Similar body shape to Hawkers- long and streamlined.

Distinct beady eyes that bulge from the head.

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