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Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixta

Migrant Hawker
Migrant Hawker Male
Migrant Hawker
Migrant Hawker Female

This large dragonfly appears in Wicklow in late August and dominates the skies until October.

The male is mainly blue and black, with slight greenish tinges to its eyes. The female is brown with some yellow, and similar greenish, or yellowish tinges to its eyes.

It is actually small by the standards of its hawker relatives, but is much easier to see and far less shy of people. This species is new to Ireland, having been first recorded in the summer of 2000. They fly rapidly up and down territorial paths and snatch other insects, such as butterflies, out of the sky. Migrant Hawkers are extremely fast and agile fliers.