Brown Hawker - Aeshna grandis

    Description

    This large dragonfly is easily distinguished. Both sexes are a rich brown and have a distinctive golden-brown wings, which is often the most striking character of flying individuals. The male has two small blue spots on segment 2 and blue spots along the sides of the abdomen. Both sexes have yellow thorax stripes which are very bright yellow in males but duller in females.

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    Habitat

    Breeding in a wide range of habitats ranging from still waters to slow flowing rivers, and frequently encountered in urban areas.

    When to see it

    June to October.

    UK Status

    Mainly found in central and southern England.

    VC55 Status

    The Brown Hawker is the most common and widespread of the Antisoptera (dragonflies) in Leicestershire & Rutland.

    Further Information

    The Brown Hawker is the most common and widespread of the Antisoptera in VC 55, breeding in a wide range of habitats ranging from still waters to slow flowing rivers. Historic data shows that this has been the case since record collation began in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map