Brown Hawker, Aeshna grandis

The brown hawker (Aeshna grandis) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in England, with a range that includes Scotland, where it is rare, and Ireland, where it is a commonly seen species. It prefers to reside near lakes, canals, and ponds with abundant vegetation. It will defend its territory and food against other dragonflies and is typically seen between the months of July and September. This species is one of the most well-known, with a brown body and bronze colored wings. When resting, the blue markings on males can sometimes be seen on the abdomen. It is threatened by habitat loss due to pollution and agricultural activities. The brown hawker appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.â€

Image Caption: Aeshna grandis, f., Braune Mosaikfungfer, Weibchen, NSG Kirchwerder Wiesen, Elbmarsch bei Hamburg, Germany. Credit: G.-U. Tolkiehn/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)