Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis)

Order: Odonata (oh-do-NAY-ta) (Info)
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Erythemis
Species: simplicicollis


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Robertsdale, Alabama
Barling, Arkansas
Marion, Arkansas
Jacksonville, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Park Forest, Illinois
Benton, Kentucky
Middleton, Massachusetts
Grenada, Mississippi
Hobbs, New Mexico
Craryville, New York
New Paltz, New York
Panama, New York
Thomasville, North Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Garland, Texas
Houston, Texas
Keller, Texas
New Caney, Texas
Richmond, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Spring, Texas
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Members' Notes:


On Jul 23, 2007, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Found throughout most of eastern North America, these are one of the most common of the Skimmers. They are found in areas of quiet standing water, and wherever small insects gather.

Adult females are green, males turn from green to a combo, finally turning completely blue.

This species is one of the few that will rest on the ground as well as on vertical twigs and grasses.

A voracious predator, it can capture and consume insects as big as 3 times it's size.


On Nov 28, 2006, GD_Rankin from San Antonio, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I had plenty of both Eastern Pondhawk Females and Males around here this past summer. I was lucky enough to get several close-up photos of a few different ones.

The last two images I uploaded to this page show a male and a female both with a catch. I didn't notice at the time I took the photo, but looking at it now, the catch the female has sure looks like it could be another dragonfly. I'm not sure if they actually prey on other species or not, but the photo may be evidence?


On Aug 2, 2006, rjuddharrison from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This guy is a less commonly found species around my neighborhood. I rarely see this one around. It could be that the neon skimmers chase out the eastern skimmers.


On Jul 30, 2006, princessnonie from New Caney, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

They eat mosquito's?
God love em..
And they're pretty..


On Jul 24, 2006, okus from (Zone 8b) wrote:

An attractive addition to the yard that eats nasty, pesky, biting things like mosquitos.