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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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12 September, 2009

Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)

Dragonflies are so exciting! The hawker family especially so as they are so colourful and quite large and imposing. They are also quite inquisitive and you just can't ignore one; in my view, you just have to look and marvel.

There are three 'common' hawkers in Dorset, the Southern, the Migrant and the Common. The sexes differ of each differ too so there are six subtle differences to get to know.

This species, seen frequently in our garden and often encountered elsewhere, is a female Southern Hawker, possibly the most widespread of the three down here. The give away are the two yellow patches on the first segment behind the head.

The Southern Hawker is a strong flier and can be encountered almost anywhere, in all sorts of weather, and any time from June through to October.