Common hawker

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Common Hawker
Aeshna juncea LC0175.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Family: Aeshnidae
Genus: Aeshna
Species: A. juncea
Binomial name
Aeshna juncea
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Aeshna rustica Zetterstedt, 1840
Aeshna undulata Bartenev, 1930
Libellula juncea L. 1758

The common hawker,[2] moorland hawker[1] or sedge darner[1] (Aeshna juncea) is one of the larger species of hawker dragonflies. It is native to Palearctic (from Ireland to Japan) and northern North America. The flight period is from June to early October.

It is 74 millimetres (2.9 in) long with a brown body. The male has a black abdomen with paired blue and yellow spots on each abdominal segment, and narrow stripes along the dorsal surface of the thorax. In the female, the abdomen is brown with yellow or sometimes green or blue spots. The wings of both sexes display a yellow costa (the major vein running along the leading edge of the wings). This species lacks the green thorax stripes of the southern hawker.

Male hovering


  1. ^ a b c Boudot, J.-P. (2014). "Aeshna juncea". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Common Hawker". British Dragonfly Society. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 

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