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

Male: dark with blue and green markings.

Female: dark with yellow markings.



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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.

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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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