Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea
70mm, Wings 98mm.
Thorax – green and brown with broad green antehumeral stripes; abdomen – yellow triangle segment 2, green spots segments 3-8; undivided blue spots segments 9-10; wings brownish tinge; legs brown-black.
Abdomen greenish-blue spots.
Canals, ditches and ponds at lower levels.
Males prefer to avoid competition with other males. Copulation takes up to 2 hours. Females lay eggs unaccompanied. Larvae 2 years.
Mid-July to end of September. Found throughout England and Wales, gradually spreading northwards.