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Dragonfly  Southern Hawker

Southern Hawker - Photo  Copyright 2005 John Ashworth
Photo: John Ashworth

UK Safari Tip:
To help you identify dragonflies and damselflies there's a beautifully illustrated fold out chart in the Nature Shop - click here

Latin name: Aeshna cyanea

Size: Wingspan approximately 95mm. Body length around 75mm

Distribution: Found mainly in England and Wales, scarce in Scotland and N. Ireland.

Months seen: June to October

Habitat: Ponds and lakes

Food: Insects

Special features: Male southern hawkers have green markings with blue markings on the last three segments of the abdomen. The female (shown above) has all green markings. 

Click for a better viewJuveniles have very pale markings which appear almost yellowish as seen in this freshly emerged example.

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