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Erythemis simplicicollis  (Say, 1839)
Eastern Pondhawk


Libellulidae, Skimmer Family

Status-Global/State:

Global: G5     Wisconsin: S5    

Distinguishing Characteristics:

The only skimmers with green faces, the ferocious eastern pondhawks can take prey that is their size. The length of the body varies from 1.5 to 1.7 inches. The male is powdered blue while the female is greenish and has black rings on the abdomen. They can appear different at different ages. For instance, a immature male can have a green thorax with other parts purplish. This shows that the male is not juvenile anymore but not quite an adult yet. The color of the males will become obscured as they age.

Description of Habitat/Range:

Common from eastern to central United States with some parts in Canada, it is usually found at ponds, lakes, and slow waters that are associated with floating plants. It is widely distributed throughout Wisconsin.

Flight Season:

Early June to early September in Wisconsin.


Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
1%
(12)
27%
(239)
40%
(350)
23%
(199)
8%
(71)
<1%
(1)
Shading illustrates monthly percentages of the total flight season records for the species. Each flight season record is a unique date/location/observer combination where one or more adult or an exuvia was recorded (excludes nymphs). The actual number of flight season records for each month is shown in parentheses.

Flight seasons begin earlier in the southern part of the state, often by a week or more. Also, flight charts may not be accurate for rare species because of few data available.
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Photo of Mature male eastern pondhawk
Mature male eastern pondhawk. © Dan Jackson

Mature male eastern pondhawk
Photo of Mature male eastern pondhawk
Mature male eastern pondhawk. © Ryan Chrouser

Mature male eastern pondhawk
Photo of Intermediate male eastern pondhawk
Intermediate male eastern pondhawk. © Dan Jackson

Intermediate male eastern pondhawk
Photo of Intermediate male eastern pondhawk
Intermediate male eastern pondhawk. © Dan Jackson

Intermediate male eastern pondhawk
Photo of Immature male eastern pondhawk
Immature male eastern pondhawk. © Dan Jackson

Immature male eastern pondhawk
Photo of Female eastern pondhawk
Female eastern pondhawk. © Dan Jackson

Female eastern pondhawk
Photo of Female eastern pondhawk
Female eastern pondhawk. © Dan Jackson

Female eastern pondhawk
Photo of Female eastern pondhawk
Female eastern pondhawk. © Mike Reese

Female eastern pondhawk



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