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Aeshna affinis

• Scientific name: Aeshna affinis Vander Linden, 1820
• English name: Blue-Eyed Hawker
• German name: Südliche Mosaikjungfer
• French name: Aeschne affine
• Dutch name: Zuidelijke glazenmaker
• Swedish name: Blå mosaikslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: Hohtoukonkorento
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Dragone occhiblu
• Czech name: šídlo rákosní
• Slovenian name: Višnjeva deva
• Bulgarian name: Жълтогръд пъстролет
• Typical length: 57-66 mm
• Hindwing: 37-42 mm

Aeshna affinis

Distribution map

Map data based on J.-P. Boudot & V. J. Kalkman (eds.),
Atlas of the European Dragonflies and Damselflies

The Blue-Eyed Hawker is a relatively small aeshnid. It's a Southern European species which seems to be gradually extending its range northwards. Aeshna affinis is particularly associated with lakes and wetlands which dry up in the course of the summer. Our most productive site for this species, the Lago della Rotonda in Basilicata in the South of Italy, holds a hundreds-strong population. Apart from its choice of habitat, the species' distinguishing features include the male's bright blue eyes, his black-and-blue abdomen (brown and yellow in females and immature males), the thinly-striped yellow sides of the thorax, the male's hovering flight, and the species' habit of ovipositing in tandem.

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