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The Hairy Hawker Dragonfly is of the family Aeshnidae which is in the genus Brachytron. Alternative names include Hairy Dragonfly and Spring Hawker. It has a scattered distribution in Europe and parts of western Asia. It is absent from Iceland and other northern latitudes. In the warmer part of its range, it is on the wing from late March to early August but has a shorter flight season elsewhere.
This close up view of a freshly emerged female clearly demonstrates where it got its English name from.
Patrick J. O'Keeffe / Raw Birds
Wednesday, 27 May 2020
HAIRY HAWKER DRAGONFLY [Female] (Brachytron pratense) Lullymore West Bog, I.P.C.C. Nature Reserve, Lullymore, Co. Kildare, Ireland
Labels: Brachytron pratense, Co. Kildare, dragonflies, Dragonflies of Europe, Dragonflies of Ireland, dragonfly, Hairy Hawker, I.P.C.C. Nature Reserve, invertebrate, Ireland, Lullymore, Lullymore West Bog, Spring Hawker