Description

A small Hawker with paired spots along the abdomen.

Male: dark with blue spots.

Immature male: brown with lilac spots.

Female: brown with yellow spots.

Where to See

Latin NameAeshna mixta
Habitat

Breeds in standing water but may be found well away from water along hedgerows or woodland edges.

Frequently resting low in vegetation.

Likes to hawk for insects along sheltered woods and hedgerows.

Status & Distribution

Common and increasing its range.

Strongholds in southern England, but now reaching well into northern England and recently appeared in Ireland. Continental migrants may boost the population in late summer.

Similar Species

Can be confused with other Hawkers.

Can be distinguished by:

  • Brown costa (leading wing vein).
  • Yellow “golf-tee” shaped marking on S2 near the top of the abdomen.
  • Short pale yellow ante-humerals on the thorax.

 

Species GroupDragonflies
Identification Notes
  • Length: 63mm
  • ┬áThe costa (leading wing vein) is brown.
  • Short pale yellow ante-humerals on the thorax.
  • Yellow “golf-tee” shaped marking on S2 near the top of the abdomen.
  • Paired spots down the abdomen.
  • Male: dark with blue spots along the abdomen and blue eyes.
  • Immature male: brown with lilac spots.
  • Female: brown with yellow spots along the abdomen (occasionally blue) and brownish eyes.
  • Not aggressive towards other individuals and occasionally seen in large feeding swarms.

 

Flight PeriodMigrant Hawker
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