A small hawker that is often confused with the larger Aeshna species. It has an earlier flight season, and its hairy body and stout abdomen create the impression of a more compact insect.
Total: 54-63 mm.
Abdomen: 37-46 mm.
Hindwing: 34-37 mm.
Standing or slow-flowing waters with rich riparian and aquatic vegetation, such as reedy canals, marshes, oxbows and coastal grazing marshes.
From late April to July. Most abundant in May and June.