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Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)

One of the latest species to appear, on the wing from late July to September. Found in a variety of still water habitats, it is a frequent inhabitant of garden ponds. Both sexes have distinctive coloured band markings on s9 and 10 unlike the pattern of paired spots found on other Hawkers. There is also a very broad coloured stripe on the tops and side of the thorax. Males are quite dark, marked with apple green - instantly obvious when you see one. Females are deep brown, again with apple green markings.

A male showing the distinct markings green markings on the abdomen witht blue bands on segments 9 and 10 ....

sbgallery Southern Hawker 1 Allscott 24 9 05






Another male seen in flight....

sbgallery Southern Hawker flight VP 15 8 10  IMG_4570_filtered




A female hanging from vegetation high up in a tree! Note the markings are all apple green....

sbgallery Southern Hawker female VP 30 8 10 IMG_6258 1




A female ovipositing in my garden, near the small pool! ....

sbgallery Southern Hawker female home 4 9 06 IMG_0791




Another view, the concrete may not be the best place for eggs!.....

sbgallery Southern Hawker female home 4 9 06 IMG_0784




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