Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Southern hawker

It has been a good couple of weeks for dragonflies.  For comparison with the common hawkers in Monday's post these are male southern hawkers (Aeshna cyanea) in flight.  The male has mostly green spots on the abdomen and the blue spots on the last segments are joined.  The bright green antehumeral (shoulder) stripes are broad.

The female has similar patterning but is bright green.

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