Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)

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Family Aeshnidae

Flight Period Adults can be seen between mid June and late September.



Both sexes are large and brown
Wings are tinted amber which is very noticeable in flight
Two pale yellow stripes on side of thorax Males have a waisted abdomen with blue spots on the side

The Brown Hawker is unmistakable. It has with golden brown, transparent wings. Like many of the hawkers, it can be found well away from water on one summer evening many may be seen basking in adjacent woodland. Both sexes are large, strong flying, brown insects with some blue and yellow spots on the abdomen and with yellowish-green stripes on the side of the thorax


Image With thanks Copyright (C) Chris Webster



The Brown Hawker is found on sheltered lowland lakes and fens. It can overlap with the more upland Common Hawker Aeshna juncea on cutover lowland bogs.

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