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Flight Period July to early October.
Closely related to the Migrant Hawker, but dark markings on segments 9 and 10 are connecte. The large, black body with blue and green spots make the Southern Hawker easy to identify. The spots on the abdomen are yellowish-green near the thorax changing through pale green to pale blue near the tail end, these tail spots being joined to form a band. The female never has any of the pale blue marks and the spots are generally smaller. Similar species include Hairy Dragonfly and Migrant Hawker. It is frequently found well away from water, It may fly late into the evening and is sometime seen along woodland rides at dusk.
The Southern Hawker is found in lake and small pools including garden ponds
IMAGE WITH THANKS (C) CHRIS WEBSTER 2007