Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)

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Length mm,

Wingspan Approx 80 mm


Both sexes have a yellow golf tee-shaped marking on dorsal surface of abdominal segment 2
Short antehumeral stripes
The sides of abdominal segment 2 are blue in mature males
anal appendages in both sexes are very long
costa is brown

A medium sized hawker flying in late summer to early autumn. Prior to the 1940s the Migrant Hawker was considered a rare resident and scarce immigrant species to southern England. Since then it has spread through England and Wales r Large numbers are still considered to arrive from the continent in late summer.

This species may be confused with Aeshna juncea the Common Hawker however in the latter species the costa is yellow (as opposed to brown) and the male has long and narrow antehumeral stripes whereas in the Migrant Hawker they are much shorter. The male Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense has similar blue spots on the abdomen but has a much earlier fight period

The male is brown with blue markings.The female is brown with yellow markings.


Insects. Feeds mainly in the afternoon and evening. When perched they hang vertically to catch as much sunlight as possible.


Woodland ponds, garden ponds and often observed hawking along woodland rides and edges

Flight Period

July to November




Male Migrant Hawker