Hairy Dragonfly

This fuzzy species is a type of hawker dragonfly and is one of the earliest to emerge in spring. This used to be quite a scarce species, but it has been increasing its range and abundance in recent years, perhaps due to warming temperatures. It has been seen at Swan Lake. They are quite dark, and the males have small blue markings, while the female has even smaller yellow spots.

Hairy Dragonfly female - Swan Lake - 26.04.20 - Mark Dodd

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