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.

Flight Season

From late April to July. Most abundant in May and June.

Range and Status

Common in Denmark.