Migrant Hawker (44)
|I finally photographed a dragonfly in-flight!!|
I worked out that it was a Migrant Hawker so here's some info.
Latin name: Aeshna mixta
Size: Wingspan approximately 80mms
Distribution: Found in many areas of England and Wales. Rare in Scotland. Range expanding.
Months seen: July to November
Habitat: Woodland ponds, garden ponds and often seen hawking along woodland rides.
Special features: Feeds mainly in the afternoon and evening. When perched they hang vertically to catch as much sunlight as possible.
The male is brown with blue markings. The female is brown with yellow markings.
Juvenile males are brown with greyish markings.
The Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) is with its length of 63 mm one of the smaller species of hawker dragonflies. The species prefers still or slow-flowing water and can tolerate brackish sites. The flight period is from July to the end of October. They can be found in North Africa, southern and central Europe to the Baltic region.
In the United Kingdom this insect was rare until the 1940's when it began migrating from the continent in large numbers. It continues to do so and is now a resident breeding species throughout England and Wales. It reached the Isle of Man in 1998 and Eire in 2000.
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