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Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)

• Scientific name: Aeshna grandis (Linnaeus, 1758)
• English name: Brown Hawker
• German name: Braune Mosaikjungfer
• French name: Grande Aeschne
• Dutch name: Bruine glazenmaker
• Swedish name: Brun mosaikslända
• Norwegian name: Brun øyenstikker
• Finnish name: Ruskoukonkorento
• Danish name: Brun mosaikguldsmed
• Italian name: Dragone bruno
• Czech name: šídlo velké
• Slovenian name: Rjava deva
• Bulgarian name: N/A
• Typical length: 70-77 mm
• Hindwing: 41-49 mm

Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)

Distribution map

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

Almost everything about the Brown Hawker is indeed brown; even its wings are a smoky-brown tint. Aeshna grandis is a Central and Northern European species. It's virtually absent from the Mediterranean and in Italy, for instance, it's limited to the higher altitudes of the Northern alpine regions. It's a fairly large dragonfly. Besides its typical brown colour, the species' distinguishing features include the four light-blue spots at the wing bases, the (male's) light-blue eye spots, and the yellow bands on the side of the thorax. The Brown Hawker has a particularly elegant flight, alternating short, quick flutters with long, slow glides.

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10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr771 27/08/2007 11:54 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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13 / 20; PhotoID: Dr757 30/06/2008 13:59 Finland F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
14 / 20; PhotoID: Dr772 27/08/2007 11:59 Italy F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
15 / 20; PhotoID: Dr773 21/07/2010 12:50 Finland F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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19 / 20; PhotoID: Dr793 27/08/2007 15:41 Italy F5.6 1/160 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
20 / 20; PhotoID: Dr794 23/07/2012 16:02 Finland F8 1/125 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF