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Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
The Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) is a common and widespread dragonfly over the eastern two thirds of the U.S. This species, along with the Western Pondhawk (Erythemis collocata) have now been officially "lumped" and are regarded as the same species under the name Common Pondhawk. I will maintain this separate page for this subspecies, regardless. The male is blue and the female green. The male at right was was a digital capture in May, 2003, in Austin, Travis Co., Texas using a Canon 10D with an EF 300 mm F4 L IS lens and 1.4 X extender. The shot of the female next was also a digital image with the same equipment in May, 2003, in Angelina Co., Texas.
Next is a shot of an immature male (with some green still on the sides of the thorax) taken in Bastrop Co., Texas in May, 2003.
This shot shows a pair perched in lakeside vegetation at Caddo Lake, Harrison Co., Texas in June, 2003.
The Eastern Pondhawk shown here was perched on a leaf on an early spring day in April, 2007, in Austin, Travis Co., Texas. This image was shot with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender.
The female Eastern Pondhawk shown here is foraging on a small moth. This shot was taken at Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in August, 2007, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 300 mm F.4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash.
This female was also in Austin, in August, 2007, and was shot with the same gear as previously described.
The male Eastern Pondhawk shown here was at Austin in August, 2007, and was shot with the same gear as previously described. It is feeding on a small bee it has captured.
The female shown here was feeding on a female Eastern Amberwing. It was shot with the same gear as previously described in Howard Co., Arkansas, in September, 2007.
The female shown here has caught a hairstreak butterfly. This shot was taken near Lake Somerville, Lee Co., Texas, in May, 2008, with the same gear as previously described.
The female Eastern Pondhawk shown here was along the Medina River just south of San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas, in September, 2008. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 EX flash.
The female Eastern Pondhawk shown here was in Bastrop Co., Texas, in May, 2009. This image was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash.
The young male Eastern Pondhawk shown here is still changing from green to blue. This individual was in the Sam Houston National Forest, San Jacinto Co., Texas, in June, 2009. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 300mm F/4 l IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash.
The female Eastern Pondhawk shown here was just emerged from its exuvia. This image was taken in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in March, 2010, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and an EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash.
The female Eastern Pondhawk shown here has captured a Red Saddlebags. This image was taken in Austin, Travis Co., Texas in July, 2010, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and an EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash.
The female Eastern Pondhawk on the right was along the Guadalupe River in Victoria, Victoria Co., Texas in September, 2011.
This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens and Canon 580 flash.
The female Eastern Pondhawk on the right was at the Lometa Reservoir, Lampasas Co., Texas, in September, 2011. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens and Canon 580 flash.
The young male Eastern Pondhawk on the right, with a prey item, was along the Blanco River, Blanco Co., Texas, in July, 2012. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and an EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 1.4X extender.
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
female - with prey item
(an Argia species damselfly)
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
10 May 2013
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
female - with prey item
(an Argia species damselfly)
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
10 May 2013
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
30 May 2013
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
male
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
7 June 2013
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
female with prey -
a Banded Pennant
Celithemis fasciata
Gus Engling W.M.A.,
Anderson Co., Texas
9 June 2013
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
female with prey -
a Banded Pennant
Celithemis fasciata
Gus Engling W.M.A.,
Anderson Co., Texas
9 June 2013
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
female with prey -
a Banded Pennant
Celithemis fasciata
Gus Engling W.M.A.,
Anderson Co., Texas
9 June 2013
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
male
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
1 July 2013
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
male with prey -
a Banded Pennant
Celithemis fasciata
Gus Engeling W.M.A.,
Anderson Co., Texas
9 July 2013
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
female
Pedernales River Nature Park,
Johnson City,
Blanco Co., Texas
15 August 2013
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
female
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
13 September 2013
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
female
Belterra,
Hays Co., Texas
19 September 2013
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
female
Towaliga River,
High Falls State Park,
Monroe Co., Georgia
29 May 2014
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
male
Blanco River @ Lindeman Rd.,
Blanco, Blanco Co., Texas
1 July 2014
30.0903
-98.3995
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
male
Blanco River @ Lindeman Rd.,
Blanco, Blanco Co., Texas
1 July 2014
30.0903
-98.3995
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
female with Wandering Glider as prey
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
16 September 2014
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
female with Wandering Glider as prey
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
16 September 2014
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
female with Wandering Glider as prey
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
16 September 2014
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
male
near Max Starcke Dam,
Marble Falls,
Burnet Co., Texas
30 September 2014
30.5535
-98.2601
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
male
Lakes Regional Park,
Ft. Myers,
Lee Co., Florida
8 October 2014
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
female
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
29 October 2014
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
male
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
27 April 2015
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
young male
Shenandoah Lake,
Rockingham Co., Virginia
29 June 2015
Lat 38.38133, Lon -78.840373
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
male
Roger Hanks Park,
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
7 July 2015
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
female
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
10 July 2015
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
female
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
4 August 2015
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
male
with damaged/injured abdomen
near Cedar Valley,
Hays Co., Texas
4 August 2015
30.2054
-97.9824
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
male
near Cedar Valley,
Hays Co., Texas
4 August 2015
30.2054
-97.9824
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
male
near Cedar Valley,
Hays Co., Texas
4 August 2015
30.2054
-97.9824
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
young male
Independence Park,
Gonzales,
Gonzales Co., Texas
17 September 2015
Lat 29.483507, Lon -97.449465
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
young male
Independence Park,
Gonzales,
Gonzales Co., Texas
22 July 2016
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
female
Llano Grande State Park,
Weslaco,
Hidalgo Co., Texas
18 November 2016
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
female
Mike Murphy Ranch,
ca 7 mi W of Bee Cave,
Travis Co., Texas
17 April 2017
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
young male (still showing geen on thorax)
Hopewell,
Prince George Co.,
Virginia
6 June 2017
Eastern Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis
female
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
25 June 2017