Brachytron pratense | Hairy Dragonfly | Seabhcaí an Earraigh
Ireland: Least Concern
EU: Least Concern
There is no
evidence of any significant change in the abundance and distribution.
This is the smallest Hawker found in Ireland. Males have paired blue, tear-shaped spots along abdomen and a pair of green stripes on either side of the thorax. They have broad, blue eyes. Females have yellow dots along abdomen. Both have a hairy thorax which is visible at close range.
Adult habitat & habits
Weaves in and out of vegetation often with rustling from wings. Neat, compact, secretive. Usually solitary but groups can be seen in woods early in the season.
Lives and breeds in areas where emergent vegetation is abundant. Found around clean, still waters e.g. ponds, lakes, ditches, fens. Will only fly in sunshine. Not found around running water or upland lakes.
May to July (occasionally March, August and/or September)
Quite common throughout Ireland particularly lowland areas, west and north midlands and coastal areas. Sometimes found on offshore islands.
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2023
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