Hairy Dragonfly - Brachytron pratense

Photos

A few photos of female Hairy Dragonflies. Males are tireless fliers and I've still to find one that will co-operate with my camera!

  • Hairy Dragonfly - Brachytron pratense:  A3P3563
    Female ovipositing at Bromham Lake NR
  • Hairy Dragonfly - Brachytron pratense: Image
    Female along the River Great Ouse in the Biddenham loop country walk
  • Hairy Dragonfly - Brachytron pratense: Image
    Female along the River Great Ouse in the Biddenham loop country walk
  • Hairy Dragonfly - Brachytron pratense: Image
    Female along the River Great Ouse in the Biddenham loop country walk. The long thin pterostigma and yellow costa show up well
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Main features

Classification:

Odonata        
Anisoptera     True dragonflies
  Aeshnidae   Hawkers

Small hawker, aptly named with a hairy thorax and abdomen. Two bright green stripes to the thorax, more yellow in the female, blue (male) or yellow (female) spotted abdomen. Look out for the long thin pterostigma.

Could perhaps be confused with the rather larger Common Hawker - Aeshna juncea, but this doesn't occur in Bedfordshire.

Usually the first dragonfly to emerge each year.

Habitat

Prefers still water habitat, with lots of emergent vegetation, ponds and lakes.

Where to see

Not common in large numbers, single males can often be seen patrolling along the bankside edges. Females are more elusive, shying away from the water until ready to breed. Reported at Felmersham NR, Priory CP, Bromham lake NR and Coronation pit and along the River Great Ouse.

Visible between early May and late June - an early season dragonfly.