|Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea
|Monks Eleigh, Suffolk,
The Southern Hawker is distributed in England being very common in the south and in Wales with disjunct populations in Scotland at either end of the Great Glen. It is widespread in Europe.
It is found along woodland rides and clearings as was the case with the male in photo 1. They also frequent gardens and can use garden ponds for laying eggs.
Compared with the female shown in photos 2 and 3, the male is blue towards the end of the abdomen and has blue markings along the side of the abdomen.
|They fly between July and
October and emerge any time after mid June. I believe that the
immature in photo 4 had emerged from my garden pond.
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