Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)


This is the dragonfly that has been flying around my garden and not landing for a photo opportunity. My luck was in when I saw it fly into the house , not natural photos but I got it all the same.


Length: 73mm

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.

Information form British dragonfly Society