Brown hawker dragonfly

Brown hawker dragonfly

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Credit: ANDY HARMER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Brown hawker dragonfly. High-speed photograph of a brown hawker dragonfly, Aeshna grandis, in flight. This dragonfly is found on sheltered lowland lakes and fens. The males are territorial, defending large areas. The large compound eyes and the mobility of its head provide this insect with a wide field of vision. Adult dragonflies are excellent flyers and feed and reproduce on the wing. They are sometimes known as "skimmers" for their behaviour of skimming repeatedly across the water. In dragonflies, both pairs of wings beat in time and are held outstretched at rest, unlike the related damselflies.

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Keywords: aeschna, aeshna grandis, animal, britain, british, brown hawker dragonfly, carnivore, carnivorous, england, english, flight, flying, high-speed photography, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, predator, predatory, wildlife, zoology

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