Brown Hawker - Aeshna grandis
This large dragonfly is easily distinguished. Both sexes are a rich brown and have a distinctive golden-brown wings, which is often the most striking character of flying individuals. The male has two small blue spots on segment 2 and blue spots along the sides of the abdomen. Both sexes have yellow thorax stripes which are very bright yellow in males but duller in females.
Breeding in a wide range of habitats ranging from still waters to slow flowing rivers, and frequently encountered in urban areas.
June to October.
Mainly found in central and southern England.
The Brown Hawker is the most common and widespread of the Antisoptera (dragonflies) in Leicestershire & Rutland.
The Brown Hawker is the most common and widespread of the Antisoptera in VC 55, breeding in a wide range of habitats ranging from still waters to slow flowing rivers. Historic data shows that this has been the case since record collation began in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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