Aeshna juncea (Moorland Hawker/Common Hawker)

Another of the large mosaic hawkers. Nominally common it may be but I had to go to the Pyrenees to see my first. I saw and heard a male literally slam into and grab a female (who I think was already ovipositing) beside the Lac de Payolle before the pair flew off in tandem. It seemed like a quite a violent encounter.

Id Notes

  • Paired dots on each abdominal segment
  • Contrasting brown and yellow side panels on thorax
  • Yellow costas
  • Thick-stemmed T-mark atop frons
  • ♀ very small antehumeral stripes, similar to A. mixta
male
female eating in flight

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