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Azure Hawker

Aeshna caerulea

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Description

Length: 62mm

The eyes of this medium sized Hawker touch for only a short distance. The costa is brown in both sexes. The male has extensive blue markings on the abdomen but only narrow stripes on the sides of the thorax. Ante-humerals are short and eyes are blue. The female occurs in two colour forms, brown or blue. Ante-humeral stripes are absent and the eyes are brown. The abdominal markings are smaller than in the male, giving the female a darker appearence.

Habitat

Only in Scotland, found flying near boggy pools in moorland. Both sexes settle readily on tree trunks and rocks in cool conditions.

Status & Distribution

Scotland only. Widespread in the Highlands but rarely abundant.


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Similar species

Similar in appearence to other Hawkers but, as its range only overlaps that of the Common Hawker, it is unlikely to cause confusion.