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Hairy Dragonfly

The Hairy Dragonfly (Brachytron pratense) is an early spring dragonfly. A hawker, this insect resembles the Migrant Hawker, but due to its early appearence is easily identified - there isn't any other blue-spotted hawker flying at the same time.

Of course seeing those blue spots can be difficult, as frequently the first and only glimpse you get is a long body flashing down a dyke or river. Although not a common dragonfly, it is widely distributed, and always comes as a delight in the early spring. It is believed the hairs on the thorax are an adaption to help resist early spring temperatures.

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Nymph European Distribution
Pair in Cop Ovipositing

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