A new find for us in 2012 in the Parc Naturel Régional de la Brenne.
Since 2010, they have been recorded in a couple of site on the UK’s south-east coast, including Wat Tyler Country Park in Essex. Aeshna affinis features in the BDS list but that list doesn’t appear to draw a distinction between truly resident species and migrants. However, it has been seen at Wat Tyler consistently since, as well as at a site in Kent, so, in my view it is now resident.
- side of thorax green with fine black markings but males develop blue tinge with age
- short antehumeral stripes
- ♂ bright blue eyes
- ♂ black and blue mosaic abdomen/li>
- ♂ S2 blue with black ‘mask’ marking
- ♀ brown and yellow mosaic abdomen
|male in flight|