Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixta

Photos

Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixta, many taken in my garden.

  • Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixta: CRW 3441
    Immature male, Kempston
  • Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixta: CRW 3462
    Immature male, Kempston
  • Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixta: A3P0094
    Mature male, Kempston
  • Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixta: A3P0096
    Mature male, Kempston
  • Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixta: A3P0102
    Immature male, Kempston
  • Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixta: A3P0108
    Female, Kempston
  • Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixta: A3P0110
    Mature male, Kempston.
    This picture shows just how hairy dragonflies can be!
  • Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixta: A3P0112
    Two males, Kempston.
    Clearly not showing territorial behaviour, males can often be seen in close proximity to each other. The right most male is not fully mature, as can be seen from the more subdued colouring.
  • Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixta: A3P0114
    Mature male, Kempston
  • Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixta: A3P0446
    Male, Priory CP
  • Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixta: A3P0551
    Pair in cop, Priory CP
  • Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixta: A3P0594
    Male, Priory CP
  • Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixta: A3P0442
    Male, Priory CP
  • Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixta: A3P0588
    Male, Priory CP
  • Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixta: A3P0619
    Male, Priory CP
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Classification:

Odonata        
Anisoptera     True dragonflies
  Aeshnidae   Hawkers

Mid sized hawker dragonfly. Largely brown body with blue (male) or yellow (female) spotted abdomen, yellow striped thorax. Both males and females have a prominent yellow "golf tee" mark on segment 2.

Immature males have pale greyish lilac spots rather than blue, although mature males have temperature related colour changes that makes them grey-lilac as the temperature drops.

Less territorial than other hawkers.

Habitat

Most waters are suitable, as long as emergent vegetation exists.

Where to see

Common along rivers and at still water sites, lots at Priory CP.

Visible form early July to early November.