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Western Pondhawk
Erythemis collocata
The Western Pondhawk (Erythemis collocata) is a widespread dragonfly of the western United States. This species has been "lumped" and is now considered to be the same species as Eastern Pondhawk (E. simplicicollis) under the name Common Pondhawk. I will maintain this separate page for this subspecies, regardless. The male Western has black terminal appendages as opposed to the white appendages of the Eastern and they eyes are somewhat different in color as well. The first two shots here of a male were taken in the Chinati Mountains of Presidio Co., Texas in September, 2004, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 300 mm F4 L IS lens with a 2X extender and 550 EX flash.
The female Western Pondhawks in the next 6 images were along the Yakima River, in Benton Co., Washington, in August, 2008. These images were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender.
The female shown here in the next two shots has captured a damselfly which it is eating.
The male Western Pondhawk on the right was in Corrales, Sandoval Co., New Mexico, in August, 2011. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens and Canon 580 flash.
The next three shots show female Western Pondhawks at the BLM overflow wetlands, Chavez Co., New Mexico, in August, 2011. These shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens and Canon 580 flash.
The male Western Pondhawk on the right was at the BLM Overflow Wetlands, adjacent to Bottomless Lakes S.P., Chavez Co., New Mexico, in August, 2012.

Western Pondhawk
Erythemis collocata
female
Parker Canyon Lake,
Cochise Co., Arizona
26 August 2013


31.4228
-110.4476

Western Pondhawk
Erythemis collocata
female
Bonita Creek,
Graham Co., Arizona
29 August 2013


32.9086
-109.4864

Western Pondhawk
Erythemis collocata
male
near the Gila River,
Yuma Co., Arizona
4 October 2013


32.7071
-114.3185

Western Pondhawk
Erythemis collocata
female
BLM Wetlands,
Chaves Co., New Mexico
15 August 2015
Lat 33.316526, Lon -104.342008
Western Pondhawk
Erythemis collocata
male
BLM Wetlands,
Chaves Co., New Mexico
16 August 2015
Lat 33.316526, Lon -104.342008
Western Pondhawk
Erythemis collocata
male
Alameda Blvd at
the Rio Grande.
Albuquerque,
New Mexico
17 August 2015
35.1991
-016.6439
Western Pondhawk
Erythemis collocata
male
near Romero Rd.,
Corrales, Sandoval Co.,
New Mexico
17 August 2015
35.256
-106.5985
Western Pondhawk
Erythemis collocata
female
below the dam at Lake Meredith,
Hutchinson Co., Texas
15 June 2016
Lat 35.718495, Lon -101.547399