Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta
63mm, Wings 87mm
Thorax brown with side stripes and narrow antehumeral stripes; abdomen brown, yellow mark on segment 2, separate pairs of blue spots along rest of abdomen; legs brown; eyes bluish; wings have brown costa.
Thorax antehumeral stripes often missing; abdomen brown with small yellow-brown spots; long anal appendages.
Canals, ditches, gravel pits, lakes, ponds rivers and streams.
Males patrol just above water level. Copulation takes up to 2 hours in taller vegetation. Females lay eggs alone into floating plants. Larvae 1-2 years.
Late July – October. Found in Southern and Central England; gradually spreading through Yorkshire.