Description

This small migratory Hawker species.

Male: Blue eyes with a blue and black abdomen.

Female: Brown eyes and a yellow and brown abdomen.

 

Where to See

Weight2
Latin NameAeshna affinis
Habitat

Can often be found hawking along damp reedy ditches. Breeds in standing water in its normal, Mediterranean habitat.

Status & Distribution

This rare migrant appears to be becoming more frequent in the UK, and is a potential colonist. After a single confirmed record during the twentieth century, four individuals were observed in southern England during 2006. During 2010 many individuals were then seen in south Essex and north Kent, with oviposition being noted at two sites.

Similar Species

Similar in appearance to other colourful Hawker species.

Look for:

  • Triangle marking on segment 2.
  • Small antehumeral markings on the thorax.
Species GroupDragonflies
Identification Notes
  • Length: 60mm
  • Paired dots down the abdomen.
  • Triangle marking on segment 2.
  • Small antehumeral markings on the thorax.
  • Male: Blue eyes, green/blue thorax, and a blue and black abdomen.
  • Female: Brown eyes, yellow body with brown and black markings.
Flight PeriodSouthern Migrant Hawker
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