Aeshna grandis | Brown Hawker | Seabhcaí Omrach
Ireland: Least Concern
EU: Least Concern
Widespread and often common in the midlands and northern counties, the species appears to have increased.
Adult males and females have brown bodies and brown tinted wings with amber coloured veins. Males have blue dots along the abdomen and blue tinted eyes. Females have yellow dots along the abdomen and brown tinted eyes. Both sexes have yellow stripes either side of the thorax and small blue dots at the base of the wings. Brown-tinted wings in both sexes
Males and females look similar.
Adult habitat & habits
They are tireless fliers with distinct flight action of long glides interspersed with bursts of rapid, shallow wing-beats. Unwary of humans and other dragonflies, adults are approachable. Will fly after sunset if particularly warm, flies late in the day.
Breeds in slow-moving water in lowland areas e.g. ponds, marshes, rivers, canals, lakes, reedbeds. Lays eggs on floating vegetation or wood. Adults are found away from water, hunting in meadows, along hedgerows and woodland edges.
June to September (occasionally May and/or October).
Common throughout much of central Ireland. Quite sparse in the south west and far north. Not found in upland areas above 200m.
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2022
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