Aeshna affinis is rare in The Netherlands. Before 1995 only four records were known, but in that year a small invasion occurred, during which up to 22 individuals were recorded at a single locality. There are indications that reproduction occurred at some localities. Smaller influxes have been recorded in all subsequent summers. Most records involved males patrolling low over drying or dried-up waters with low reeds or bullrushes. Such habitat is relatively frequent in the coastal dunes.
- Nederlandse Vereniging voor Libellenstudie 2002. De Nederlandse libellen (Odonata). Nederlandse Fauna 4: 1-440. Nationaal Natuurhistorisch Museum Naturalis, KNNV Uitgeverij & European Invertebrate Survey-Nederland, Leiden.