Brown Hawker - Aeshna grandis
This species is one of the largest found in Wicklow and extremely common around lakes bordering woodland areas, of which there are many in Wicklow. This species is large enough to feed on butterflies, damselflies and even on smaller dragonfly species.
The name "hawker" derives from the hunting habit of these creatures. They fly over wide areas and snatch their prey in mid-air. This particular species is known to hunt both day and night, which is somewhat unusual for a dragonfly species.
Photo courtesy of Johanna Lundquist