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HAIRY DRAGONFLY (Brachytron pretense) Muller

 

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PICTURE: Seen at How Hill on the Norfolk Broads, June 2013.

     
 

DISTRIBUTION: This species is extending its range in recent years and is common in parts of its range, and scarce in other places. It is found mainly in the southern half of England, southern Wales, a few localities in Scotland and in Central Ireland.

 

WING SPAN: 68mm to 75mm.             BODY LENGTH: 37mm to 46mm .              STATUS: Resident.

 

FLIGHT PERIOD: This species emerges around early to mid May, and is on the wing until late June.

 

LARVAL PERIOD: Once the eggs hatch the larvae usually take two years to mature into adults, though occasionally may mature in a single year. They are difficult locate and are often found in submerged plant debris.

 

HABITAT: This species inhabits clean still bodies of water that occur on all soil types, although they do appear to require the site to have lush with vegetation. ditches, dykes, canals and broads seem to be favoured.

 

FOOD PLANT/S: Various species of invertebrates.

 

SIMILAR SPECIES: Very similar in appearance to the Southern Hawker which appears later in July usually after the Hairy Dragonfly is finished. Also the Hairy Dragonfly is smaller in size. The Norfolk Hawker is not to dissimilar to the present species.

 

 

   
       
     
       
     
       
     
 

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