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Hairy Dragonfly

Brachytron pratense

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Description

Length: 55mm

The UK's smallest Hawker, emerging before other Hawkers in May. It has a distinctly hairy thorax (see photos), oval spots on each abdominal segment and a long, thin pterostigma. The male is dark in appearence and the spots on the abdomen are blue. It has green ante-humeral stripes. The female has yellow markings and much shorter ante-humeral stripes.

Habitat

Mainly found near unpolluted, well-vegetated water bodies.

Status & Distribution

Uncommon but increasing its range. Now widely scattered through England, Wales and Ireland but rare in Scotland.


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Similar species

Could potentially be confused with other Hawker dragonflies, but its early flight season and relatively small size are good clues to its identity.