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Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Eastern Pondhawk, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 7/31/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

  Eastern Pondhawk  
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The Common Pondhawk is a ruthless predator of other insects and an adept protector of its territory.

Pondhawks attack their insect prey with similar agility seen in their avian namesake. They are very good predators and can take down insects as large as themselves. They will even eat other members of their own species.

The males and females of this species differ in color. Adult males are a powdery blue with a yellow tip to the abdomen, while females are bright green with some dark brown/black spots on the abdomen. Young males are also green 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 will patrol their space, occasionally taking rest on the ground, floating trash on the water or on 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) will develop eating other aquatic insects until they mature enough to crawl on land and molt into their adult form.

Picture of the Eastern Pondhawk
Picture of the Eastern Pondhawk

Eastern Pondhawk Information

Category: Dragonfly or Damselfly
Common Name: Eastern Pondhawk
Scientific Name: Erythemis simplicicollis
Other Name(s): Common Pondhawk, Green Clearwing

Taxonomy Hierarchy

 Arrow graphic Kingdom: Animalia
  Arrow graphic Phylum: Arthropoda
   Arrow graphic Class: Insecta
    Arrow graphic Order: Odonata
     Arrow graphic Family: Libellulidae
      Arrow graphic Genus: Erythemis
       Arrow graphic Species: simplicicollis

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length):
Identifying Colors: blue, green, black, white
Additional Descriptors: rings, powdery, fast, flying, darting, hovering, rings

North American Territorial Reach (Though Not Limited To): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Mexico

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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