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Aeshna affinis

• English name: Blue-Eyed Hawker
• German name: Südliche Mosaikjungfer
• French name: Aeschne affine
• Dutch name: Zuidelijke glazenmaker
• Swedish name: Blå mosaikslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: Hohtoukonkorento
• Danish name: Sydlig mosaikguldsmed
• Italian name: Dragone occhiblu
• Czech name: šídlo rákosní
• Slovenian name: Višnjeva deva
• Bulgarian name: Жълтогръд пъстролет

Aeshna affinis

Distribution map Aeshna affinis

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


General • a large species of Southern and Central Europe
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Aeshnidae
Scientific name Aeshna affinis Vander Linden, 1820
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • for a Hawker: medium-sized; about the same size as A. caerulea, A. isoceles, A. mixta and Brachytron pratense
  • oviposits in tandem, typically in the shade, in wet mud or dead vegetation
  • males often hover in flight
  • aeshnids are 'fliers': they spend a lot of time on the wing and seldom hang up for a rest
Habitat • shallow lakes and wetlands which dry up in the course of summer
Dimensions • typical body length: 57-66 mm; hindwing: 37-42 mm
Both sexesThorax➤ the side of the thorax is yellow with thin black lines
MaleHead➤ the eyes are bright blue
 Abdomen• the abdomen is black with blue spots dorsally (in immature males: brown with yellow spots)
  • S2 bears a blue T-shaped mark (in immature males: a yellow T-shaped mark)
FemaleAbdomen• the abdomen is brown with yellow spots dorsally
  • S2 bears a yellow T-shaped mark
Photographs • nearly all of our photos below were made in the South of Italy

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1 / 20; PhotoID: Dr307 09/07/2012 12:43 Italy F8 1/800 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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2 / 20; PhotoID: Dr308 27/07/2016 13:53 Italy F8 1/1000 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr309 06/06/2011 06:47 Italy F7.1 1/40 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr310 06/07/2013 12:38 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr311 20/07/2016 13:59 Italy F8 1/400 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr312 20/07/2016 15:40 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr313 18/08/2017 12:08 Italy F8 1/100 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr314 15/07/2008 11:08 Italy F5.6 1/750 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr329 07/07/2009 15:17 Italy F5.6 1/1000 180mm ISO400 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr330 18/08/2017 12:59 Italy F10 1/80 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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11 / 20; PhotoID: Dr331 07/08/2010 13:32 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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12 / 20; PhotoID: Dr332 20/07/2016 15:43 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr333 02/07/2015 09:25 Greece F8 1/160 180mm ISO100 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr334 15/07/2013 12:21 Italy F8 1/1000 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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15 / 20; PhotoID: Dr557 15/07/2008 11:38 Italy F5.6 1/750 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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17 / 20; PhotoID: Dr559 07/07/2009 16:57 Italy F5.6 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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18 / 20; PhotoID: Dr560 05/07/2012 16:18 Italy F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr561 06/06/2011 07:41 Italy F8 1/160 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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