The Southern Hawker or Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) is a 70 millimetres (2.8 in) long species of hawker dragonfly.

It is large, with a long body. It has green markings on the black bodies, and the male also has blue spots on the abdomen.

The Southern Hawker breeds in still or slow-flowing water, but will wander widely, and is often seen in gardens and open woodland. This is an inquisitive species and will approach people.

The adult eats various insects, caught on the wing. The nymphs feed on aquatic insects, tadpoles and small fish ambushed in the pond they frequent until they emerge as adults in July and August after three years’ development.

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  • ©The Creative  Minds
    ©The Creative ...7 months ago

    This is a large, brightly coloured Dragonfly. The males are often seen patrolling by a ponds edge or river, where they fight away intruders, crashing into rival males and spiralling through the air. The females are quite inconspicuous when they lay their eggs, but they sometimes give away their spot by clattering up from the reeds. If you look carefully you can sometimes find them ovipositing (laying eggs) into some moss, reeds or rotten wood. The males are sometimes very curious and come flying up to you, allowing a close view.

  • ©The Creative  Minds
    ©The Creative ...7 months ago

  • lynn carter
    lynn carter7 months ago

    amazing shot xx

  • thanks Lynn…took this last summer near Munich in a graveyard

    – ©The Creative Minds

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Trupp7 months ago

    Very nice work

  • MY Scotland
    MY Scotland7 months ago

    Supreme…He’s your kinda guy super macro grand details…

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