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Species GroupDragonflies
Scientific NameAeshna mixta
Status & Distribution

Widespread across much of England and Wales, apart from the far north of England, although its range is increasing. First recorded in Scotland in 2003, the Migrant Hawker has since colonised multiple new sites. The species has increased its range dramatically northwards in recent decades.


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.

Flight PeriodMigrant Hawker
Adult Identification
  • Length: 63mm
  •  The costa (leading wing vein) is brown.
  • Short pale yellow ante-humerals stripes 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 and yellow flecks along the abdomen. Blue eyes.
  • Female: brown with yellow spots along the abdomen (occasionally blue). Brown eyes.
  • Not aggressive towards other individuals and occasionally seen in large feeding swarms.


Larval Information

Hawkers have a long streamlined body-shape.

Smallest Hawker:30-38mm

Mask long and thin (length more than 3x the width).


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 yellow ante-humerals on the thorax.