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.
- 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