Aeshna juncea (Moorland Hawker/Common Hawker)
Another of the large mosaic hawkers. Nominally common it may be but I was in the Pyrenees when I saw 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.
- 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
Moorland/Common Hawker (A. juncea) and Migrant Hawker (A. mixta) can be a source of confusion, particularly since both females have very short antehumeral stripes. Here is a diagram comparing the two to clarify.