Random Insect: Eastern pondhawk

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Eastern pondhawk (Odonata: Libellulidae: Erythemis simplicicollis) photographed 06/28/2014 at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge east of Bono, Ohio.

Eastern pondhawks (Odonata: Libellulidae: Erythemis simplicicollis) can be found throughout eastern North America and into the southwest. They’re particularly common near ponds with floating plants, and are often seen perched low on foliage. Their aquatic larvae hunt small arthropods in the water, and the adults hunt flying insects in the air. They’re known to feed on prey as large as themselves including butterflies, moths, damselflies, and even other dragonflies.

The individual shown here was a female or immature male. As they mature, males turn from green to a very different powder blue color.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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