Brown Hawker - Aeshna grandis
Adult sizeOverall length: 70 - 77mm Hindwing length: 41 - 49mm
Distinguishing featuresA large, almost entirely brown hawker. Both males and females have very distinctive golden-brown wings which makes it easily identifiable.
Identification - for help with terms see glossary
Mature malesMature males are chocolate brown with small blue and yellow markings, no antehumeral stripes on thorax and the wings are golden-brown. Has thick yellow stripes on thorax when viewed from the side. Eyes are blue-brown.
HabitatBreeds in a variety of still water habitats such as lakes, ponds, gravel pits, and can tolerate slow flowing rivers & canals. Often in garden ponds & parks.
BehaviourLike other hawkers can be found away from water hawking along rides and hedges. Males can also be seen patrolling over water bodies but are not territorial. Both males and females have a slow distinctive gliding flight.
Status and distributionCommon and widespread in lowland areas of Britain but is strangely absent from the south west and much of Wales. One of the commonest hawkers in Dorset.
Flight periodMain flight period is June to October, peaking in July & August.
Cannot be confused with any other species in Dorset. Resembles Norfolk Hawker but this is restricted in Britain to a few sites in Eastern England.
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