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Aeshna cyanea

• Scientific name: Aeshna cyanea (Müller, 1764)
• English name: Blue Hawker
• German name: Blaugrüne Mosaikjungfer
• French name: Aeschne bleue
• Dutch name: Blauwe glazenmaker
• Swedish name: Blågrön mosaikslända
• Norwegian name: Blågrønn øyenstikker
• Finnish name: Kirjoukonkorento
• Danish name: Blå mosaikguldsmed
• Italian name: Dragone verdeazzurro
• Czech name: šídlo modré
• Slovenian name: Zelenomodra deva
• Bulgarian name: Петнист пъстролет
• Typical length: 67-76 mm
• Hindwing: 43-53 mm

Aeshna cyanea

Distribution map

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

The Blue Hawker is a large dragonfly. It occurs throughout Europe but tends to be rare in the South-East and South-West and in the North of Scandinavia. Aeshna cyanea is typically associated with small lakes and garden ponds. The males tend to be very inquisitive and will often fly up to an observer to check them out. The species' most distinguishing features include the brown-and-green thorax and abdomen, the male's blue eye spots, and, especially, the uninterrupted coloured bands (blue in the male; green in the female) which cover S9 and S10. In all other European Aeshna species those bands are interrupted by the usual dark dorsal line.

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