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Dragone peloso (Brachytron pratense)

• Scientific name: Brachytron pratense (Müller, 1764)
• English name: Hairy Hawker
• German name: Früher Schilfjäger
• French name: Aeschne printanière
• Dutch name: Glassnijder
• Swedish name: Tidig mosaikslända
• Norwegian name: Vårøyenstikker
• Finnish name: Karvaukonkorento
• Danish name: Håret mosaikguldsmed
• Italian name: Dragone peloso
• Czech name: šídlo luční
• Slovenian name: Zgodnji trstničar
• Bulgarian name: Пролетен пъстролет
• Typical length: 54-63 mm
• Hindwing: 34-37 mm

Dragone peloso (Brachytron pratense)

Distribution map

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

The Hairy Hawker is indeed exceedingly hairy, which is presumably related to its early flight period when those extra hairs help to keep the animal warm. While the species is reasonably common in the North and East of Europe, it's really quite rare in the South, so we were very lucky to find it on Corfu in 2008. [Update: since then we've managed to photograph the species more extensively in the Netherlands and Italy.] Brachytron pratense is about the same size as Aeshna affinis and Aeshna mixta but can be readily identified by the single dot on S1, a feature which sets it apart from all other aeshnids. Also typical is the shape of the male's abdomen which, unusually, is not waisted and therefore cylindrical in shape.

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