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Aeshna caerulea

• English name: Azure Hawker
• German name: Alpen-Mosaikjungfer
• French name: Aeschne azurée
• Dutch name: Azuurglazenmaker
• Swedish name: Fjällmosaikslända
• Norwegian name: Fjelløyenstikker
• Finnish name: Pohjanukonkorento
• Danish name: Azurblå mosaikguldsmed
• Italian name: Dragone azzurro
• Czech name: šídlo horské
• Slovenian name: Šotna deva
• Bulgarian name: N/A

Aeshna caerulea

Distribution map Aeshna caerulea

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


General ➤ a large species which occurs in Northern Scotland, Scandinavia and, at high altitudes, in Central Europe
Classification • suborder: Anisoptera (dragonflies); family: Aeshnidae
Scientific name Aeshna caerulea (Ström, 1783)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • for a Hawker: medium-sized; about the same size as A. affinis, A. isoceles, A. mixta and Brachytron pratense
  • tends to bask on light-coloured surfaces (trees, bare rocks, etc.)
  • the colour of the abdominal spots may vary depending on the ambient temperature
  • aeshnids are 'fliers': they spend a lot of time on the wing and seldom hang up for a rest
Habitat • bog pools and swamps
Dimensions • typical body length: 54-64 mm; hindwing: 37-41 mm
Both sexesThorax➤ the thorax is brown with two narrow, pale, wavy bands on the side
  ➤ the antehumeral stripe is weak, short and pale
MaleAbdomen• the abdomen is black with large blue spots dorsally
FemaleAbdomen• the abdomen is brown with large pale spots dorsally
Photographs • all of our photos below were made in Northern Finland and Northern Italy

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the male's appendages in dorsal and in lateral view.

Azure Hawker (Aeshna caerulea)
Male appendages in dorsal view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

Azure Hawker (Aeshna caerulea)
Male appendages in lateral view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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3 / 20; PhotoID: Dr941 26/07/2011 17:02 Finland F8 1/100 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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4 / 20; PhotoID: Dr942 16/08/2008 17:10 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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5 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1240 15/07/2017 12:09 Finland F8 1/160 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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6 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1241 25/07/2012 09:59 Finland F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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7 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1242 12/08/2012 13:18 Italy F8 1/160 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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8 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1243 18/07/2012 12:17 Finland F8 1/100 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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9 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1244 07/08/2009 15:22 Italy F5.6 1/1600 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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10 / 20; PhotoID: Dr1447 27/07/2011 17:21 Finland F8 1/125 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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