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A large Hawker with obvious golden brown wings. Both sexes have strong yellow stripes on the sides of the thorax and no ante-humeral stripes. The male is chocolate brown with small blue and yellow markings. It has a noticeable waisted appearence.
The female has small yellow markings and lacks the males waist.
Breeds in standing or slow-flowing water laying its eggs in floating or emergent vegetation or timber. Hunts well away from water and may be found hawking woodland rides well into the evening.
Status & Distribution
Generally common and widespread, though absent from Scotland and some parts of the southwest.
Similar in shape to other Hawkers but the brown wings are a clear guide to its identity.