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Migrant Hawker Dragonfly

A migrant hawker dragonfly, Aeshna mixta (Odonata: Aeshnidae).  I have been seeing these frequently on my walks over the past few weeks but this was the first to come close enough for me to photograph.

Migrant hawkers are distinguished from the similar common hawkers, Aeshna juncae, by the white golf-tee shape on the back, just behind the thorax.

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2009-09-08.

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