Name: Southern Hawker
Scientific name: Aeshna cyanea
Nature Stars: 60
About: A large hawker-type dragonfly, about 10 cm long. Mostly black in colour, the male has lime green spots all along the body with pale blue bands on the last three segments of the body, bluey-green eyes and large green patches on the thorax. The female is paler, with bluey-green spots and brownish eyes. On the wing from the end of June through to September. A common dragonfly of ponds, lakes and canals in the lowlands, particularly near to woodland.
How to identify: The black-and-blue hawkers are a tricky group of dragonflies to identify. The Southern Hawker can be recognised by its lime green rather than blue spots along most of the body and the large pale patches on the thorax.
Where: England and Wales, slowly spreading into Scotland.
Fantastic fact: The Southern Hawker is a very inquisitive animal, males often flying towards you and hovering nearby to have a closer look.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc