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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!

This website is for the people of Dorset interested in wildlife and for people from elsewhere interested in the wildlife of Dorset!

17 February, 2015

Southern Hawker: check it out | Nature Notes from Dorset

Dragonflies are so exciting, especially the hawker family; they are colourful, large and imposing insects. They are also quite inquisitive and will approach people entering their territory for a closer look! You just cannot ignore one; in my view, you just have to look and marvel. 
In Dorset there are five resident species of hawker dragonfly; the southern, the migrant, the brown, the common and the hairy. The sexes of each differ so there are various subtle differences to get to know when trying to identify them. The southern hawker (Aeshna cyanea) is undoubtedly the most common of these five species in Dorset



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