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Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)

Very common species breeding in a wide variety of habitats including still or slow flowing water. It has a long period on the wing, from late June to October. An unmistakable species with an overall brown appearance, two yellow stripes on the side of the thorax plus distinctively brown stained wings. The male is uniformly brown with a bright mark on S2 and small blue dots along the abdomen, the eyes are also stained blue on top. Females are similar with less blue on the body and eyes.

A male showing the striking brown stained wings and large blue mark on s2 and blue dots along the abdomen ....

Brown Hawker Berrington Raw edit  IMG_2046






A female in flight, about to lay eggs, the yellow coloured stripes on the side of the thorax are quite striking....

Brown Hawker flight head VP 5 8 06 IMG_7372




Busy ovipositing, yellow marks along the abdomen clearly visible ....

Brown Hawker female egg laying cu side1 VP 5 8 06 IMG_7434




Another view, note the yellow brown eyes (blue flushed in the male) .....

Brown Hawker egg laying head xxx VP 5 8 06 IMG_7395




A male resting, note the narrow waisted S2, late season wing damage also apparent....

Brown Hawker male VP 15 8 10 IMG_4227




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