Status: - Predominantly located in the UK south of the Humber.
Habitat: -Very small ponds can support surprisingly large numbers of larvae. They are found on ponds, lakes, canals and ditches. Favouring stagnant, small and shaded water bodies.
Flight period: - Mid July to mid September.
General: - Hawks along shady rides, is very inquisitive and will approach and inspect an observer that has entered its hawking territory. Males are territorial, some ponds are held by a single male, in contrast to the large number of larvae found in the water.
Males hold territory for a limited period in the day, before giving way to another. Both sexes hunt until dusk & have been seen apparently hawking in light rain.
Copulation takes place away from the water and can take up to two hours. Females egg-lay alone into water side vegetation, rotting dead wood, mosses and the damp bank side soil. Emerging Southern Hawker larvae can be found on almost any surface including concrete.