The males are dark brown with green spots, the last two segments of the abdomen have pale blue bands. The females are similarly marked but without the blue colour. This is a large dragonfly which may be seen well away from water. It is sometimes encountered hawking along woodland rides. It is noticeably unafraid and will hover in front of an observer as if watching him!
Male Southern Hawker, Milton Keynes, UK, July 2002
06/09/2004 One male seen hawking over a swimming pool near Lamalou-les-Bains, Hérault (34).
31/05/2005 Female seen briefly in Cirque d'Infernet, St-Guilhem-le-Desert (34)
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