Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Eastern Pondhawk.
Updated: 3/2/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The Eastern Pondhawk is a adept predator of other flying insects, making full use of its territory.
Pondhawks attack their insect prey with similar agility demonstrated in their avian namesake. They are very good predators and can take down insects as large as themselves. They will even eat members of their own species. The males and females of this species differ in color. Adult males are a powdery blue with a yellow-tipped abdomen, while females are bright green with some dark brown/black spots on the abdomen. Young males are also green, like females, with rings on the abdomen, but they will change color as they mature.
Males aggressively defend their territories, especially at or near the water's edge. They constantly patrol their airspace, occasionally taking rest on the ground or on floating trash or tree branches. Females drop their fertilized eggs into the water. They choose warmer, still waters as there are fewer potential predators there that might eat hatching young. There, the larvae (naiads) grow by feeding on other aquatic insects until they mature enough to crawl on land and molt into their adult form.