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Hawker

Observed: 4th October 2012 By: gramandy
Kent Wildlife TrustThanet Coast ProjectWildwood Trust
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Hawker
Description:

major distance away - kept teasing by coming up to me and then disappearing at 300mph (not quite that fast). Hope to get much better pic than this - approx 6 of these flying around.

Identifications
Species interactions

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Comments

Peter Allen's picture

Definitely not Aeshna

Definitely not Aeshna caerulea in Kent. Unable to ID from photo, but Aeshna mixta most likely if occurring in such numbers.

Hampshire Dragonfly recorder
Hampshire & IOW Wildlfe Trust

gramandy's picture

incredible blue colour

extremely large - could they be emperors then?

Peter Allen's picture

The insect in your photograph

The insect in your photograph could well be an Emperor Dragonfly, but it is not usual to find such numbers together - males (which are blue) tend to be solitary. Maybe you had more than one species? Migrant Hawkers are often seen in some numbers over a water body. Azure Hawker, by the way, is a boreal species and does not occur south of Cumbria.

Hampshire Dragonfly recorder
Hampshire & IOW Wildlfe Trust

RoyW's picture

Most likely Migrant Hawkers

I think that Peters suggestion of Migrant Hawker is almost certain to be the correct ID.
Migrant Hawkers are very common in the south-east at this time of year, it would be late for a singe Emperor, let alone more.

As far as I am aware Azure Hawker has not been confirmed outside of Scotland in the UK (perhaps there have been recent records from Cumbria?).

gramandy's picture

thanks guys

I ought with some time be able to get a better pic hopefully. Everytime I got camera anywhere near they were just too quick and didn't land anywhere in a half hour period that I attempted photos. This area is all grassland with no water at all so I guess I was surprised with the numbers. I also have pics of approx 6 other common darters in this area which you guys have confirmed in my other posting. So this area of grassland at this time is rich in dragonfly.

Thanks again for your help - I'm learning all the time.