Scientific name: Aeshna grandis
A common dragonfly of canals, marshes, reedbeds and lakes, the Brown hawker can be seen patrolling the water or 'hawking' through woodland rides. It is easily distinguished by its chocolate-brown body.
When to seeJune to September
AboutThe Brown hawker is a large hawker dragonfly that is on the wing from the end of June through to September. It is a common dragonfly of well-vegetated canals, marshes and reedbeds, as well as lakes and flooded gravel pits. It can be spotted patrolling a regular hunting territory, which it will defend aggressively against intruders. It can be found some distance from its breeding grounds, hawking woodland rides late into the evening. Hawkers are the largest and fastest flying dragonflies; they catch their insect-prey mid-air and can hover or fly backwards.
How to identifyEven in flight, the Brown hawker can be easily recognised by its entirely chocolate-brown body and tiny yellow-and-blue markings. The wings are golden-orange in colour and the male has a noticeable 'waisted' appearance.
In our area
Brown Hawker are most frequently encountered along the Montgomery Canal. There are a few records in the west, around Machynlleth, but it is mainly seen in the east of the county.