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Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense)

• English name: Hairy Hawker
• German name: Früher Schilfjäger
• French name: Aeschne printanière
• Dutch name: Glassnijder
• Swedish name: Tidig mosaikslända
• Norwegian name: Vårøyenstikker
• Finnish name: Karvaukonkorento
• Danish name: Håret mosaikguldsmed
• Italian name: Dragone peloso
• Czech name: šídlo luční
• Slovenian name: Zgodnji trstničar
• Bulgarian name: Пролетен пъстролет

Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense)

Distribution map Brachytron pratense

Map data based on J.-P. Boudot & V. J. Kalkman (eds.),
Atlas of the European Dragonflies and Damselflies


General • a large species which occurs mainly in Central and Eastern Europe; much rarer in the South and the far North
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Aeshnidae
Scientific name Brachytron pratense (Müller, 1764)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • for a Hawker: medium-sized; about the same size as Aeshna caerulea, A. affinis, A. isoceles and A. mixta
  • typically one of the earliest-flying Hawkers
  • aeshnids are 'fliers': they spend a lot of time on the wing and seldom hang up for a rest
Habitat • still or slow-flowing waters with a rich vegetation
Dimensions • typical body length: 54-63 mm; hindwing: 34-37 mm
Both sexesThorax• the side of the thorax is green (male) or yellow (female), with bold dark lines
 Abdomen➤ S1 bears a single green or yellow dot, which sets the species apart from all other aeshnids
 Wings➤ the pterostigma is very long and thin
MaleThorax• the top of the thorax is brown, with a green antehumeral stripe
 Abdomen• the top of the abdomen is black, with blue spots
  • the abdomen is not waisted (i.e. constricted)
FemaleThorax• the top of the thorax is brown, with a heavily-reduced yellow antehumeral stripe
 Abdomen• the top of the abdomen is black, with small yellow spots
 Wings• immature females may have orange-tinted wings
Photographs • nearly all of our photos below were made in the Netherlands

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1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr818 03/05/2009 13:40 Netherlands F5.6 1/180 180mm ISO400 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr819 26/04/2011 12:24 Netherlands F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr820 15/05/2013 09:45 Netherlands F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr821 27/04/2010 13:39 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr822 20/05/2008 12:44 Greece F5.6 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr823 05/05/2010 15:59 Netherlands F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1024 02/05/2009 11:01 Netherlands F8 1/180 100mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1025 02/05/2009 11:01 Netherlands F8 1/250 100mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1026 28/04/2011 16:02 Netherlands F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1027 02/05/2009 11:09 Netherlands F5.6 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1028 05/05/2010 17:10 Netherlands F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1029 02/05/2009 11:20 Netherlands F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1030 02/05/2009 11:48 Netherlands F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1031 02/05/2009 11:49 Netherlands F8 1/180 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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15 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1032 02/05/2009 12:05 Netherlands F5.6 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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16 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1033 02/05/2009 13:25 Netherlands F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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17 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1034 02/05/2009 13:26 Netherlands F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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18 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1035 26/04/2011 12:35 Netherlands F8 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1036 02/05/2009 13:35 Netherlands F8 1/350 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1041 15/05/2013 11:06 Netherlands F8 1/45 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF