Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)

Adult female Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis) at Wellingborough, Northants - June 2016

OTHER NAMES: Hairy Dragonfly, Spring Hawker, Amber-winged Hawker
Length: 73mm 
Wingspan: 102mm
UK Status: Not Evaluated IUCN Red List: Least Concern

Probably just about the easiest British Dragonfly to identify in the field - even in flight its rust-bronze wings are distinctive, along with its similarly coloured body and blue or lime green spots.  Found throughout much of Europe, and much of England in particular, I have found this a fairly easy species to see, often patrolling forest ridings, but they seem to be even more flighty than most dragonflies, and thus harder to photograph without something between you and them.

Related Species:
Order: Odonata
Family: Aeshnidae
Genus: Aeshna
SUBSPECIES: None - monotypic

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A common resident species which is seen in Summer
 - Seen in GeddingtonBrigstock and Wellingborough.

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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