Dragonflies and damselflies

Southern hawker

Southern hawker

This is a fairly common and widespread species in the New Forest. Southern hawkers spend a fair amount of time away from water, so this dragonfly can be seen almost anywhere in the New Forest, either at lakes and pools or out on the open heath or along woodland rides far from water. In the UK it is common and widespread south of a line drawn from Liverpool to Norfolk.

Southern hawkers require still water to breed in and can be found at any of the New Forest lakes or larger ponds. However they spend so much time away from water that there is no need to go to a specific site to see them.  A walk in the woods any time from late July to late September will usually enable you to see one or two zooming up and down the rides.

ID tip - The hawker dragonflies are the spotty ones and the southern hawker is no exception, being dark with green spots that turn blue towards the end of the tail. They are similar to migrant hawkers but differ in having only one large spot at the end of the tail  instead of the migrant’s paired spots, and in having a pair of thick yellow green stripes behind the head.

  1. Dragonflies and damselflies
  2. Azure damselflies
  3. Beautiful demoiselle
  4. Blue-tailed damselfly
  5. Broad-bodied chasers
  6. Common darter
  7. Emperor dragonfly
  8. Golden-ringed dragonfly
  9. Keeled skimmer
  10. Large red damselfly
  11. Small red damselfly
  12. Southern damselfly
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