Eastern Pondhawk dragonflies (females)

This post features photos of several Eastern Pondhawk dragonflies (Erythemis simplicicollis) spotted during a photowalk at Huntley Meadows Park on 23 May 2014. These individuals are females, as indicated by their green coloration and white terminal appendages.

Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly (female)

Eastern Pondhawk dragonflies perch either near- or on the ground. Like many species of dragonflies in the Skimmer family, the Eastern Pondhawk usually perches on four of six legs, with the two front legs curled around its head.

Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly (female)

Voracious predator, especially females, eating odonates of all kinds their own size and smaller, … Source Credit: Paulson, Dennis (2011-12-19). Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East (Princeton Field Guides) (Kindle Locations 10223-10224). Princeton University Press. Kindle Edition.

Dragonflies use their front legs like a “basket” to catch prey in mid-air. Look closely at the full-size version of the following photo, showing one of the females eating some type of winged insect cradled in her front legs.

Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly (female, eating an insect)

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