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Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Blue Dasher   Blue Corporal   Great Blue Skimmer  
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distribution Statewide; occurs in all 100 counties.
abundance Abundant in every county, more so in the Coastal Plain than farther west. Excessively abundant in many Coastal Plain locales. This is the most omnipresent odonate in North Carolina, seen on more field trips than any other species.
flight Nearly throughout the dragonfly flight period, except absent in very early spring. The Coastal Plain flight extends from very late March or early April to late October, with one or two records for November. The Piedmont flight is slightly more narrow -- mid-April to late October, and the mountain flight is from late April to mid-October.
habitat Ponds, lakes, swamps, and slower portions of river or creeks. Still waters.
behavior Adult males are found closer to water than are females and immatures, but they often are seen feeding well away from water. Females and immatures commonly forage far from water, along wooded roads and trails, in fields, and other open sites, though favoring areas close to woods. They often perch flat on the ground (as do many skimmers and some clubtails), but they also perch on twigs and other vegetation.
comments This and the Blue Dasher are our most abundant dragonflies in NC, probably numbering in the tens of millions. In fact, Pondhawks are so excessively abundant in some areas in the Coastal Plain and they devour so many other insects that they nearly deplete sites of smaller butterflies, for example. This is our most predatory species, even consuming other Pondhawks! It takes practically no time to become familiar with the species, and they are adept at following you as you walk a jeep road or powerline clearing, ready to pounce on anything -- butterfly, moth, bee, etc. -- flushed by your footsteps.
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G_rank G5
date_spread [Overwinter:] [Date Spread:] [No Late Date:] [Split on Feb:] [Default:]
Species account update: LeGrand on 2021-02-09 09:34:43

Photo Gallery for Eastern Pondhawk   60 photos are available.
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Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: Lynn Swafford

Comment: Pitt, 2021-05-24, Male: Pond in Farmville, NC near disk golf course
Photo 2 by: John Petranka, Jim Petranka, Becky Elkin

Comment: Yancey, 2021-05-24, Along Cane River south of Burnsville. - Male.
Photo 3 by: Jan Hansen

Comment: Orange, 2021-04-18, Mason FarmFarm Biological Reserve-Chapel Hill
Photo 4 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wilkes; P, 2018-07-21, W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir; from dam to ~1000' downstream
Photo 5 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Richmond; C, 2018-07-06, Pee Dee River; 2 km stretch upstream from Diggs Tract Access, by kayak
Photo 6 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Davie, 2018-07-03, S. Yadkin River @ Concord Church boating access
Photo 7 by: Chuck Smith

Comment: Davidson, 2018-07-02, Lexington. Pond at Finch Park.
Photo 8 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Forsyth, 2018-07-01, Winston Lake
Photo 9 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jackson, 2018-06-25, Pond beside Breedlove Road, 5 km northeast of Cashiers
Photo 10 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Craven, 2018-06-16, Swift Creek; 7 km section between Cool Springs Boating Access Area and NC 43 bridge, by kayak
Photo 11 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Chowan, 2018-06-09, Chowan River at Edenhouse Bridge Boating Access Area
Photo 12 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Edgecombe, 2018-05-25, Etheridge Pond, Tar River Game Land
Photo 13 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Anson, 2018-04-21, Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge
Photo 14 by: j.wyche

Comment: Gates, 2017-08-07, Merchants Millpond State Park - male eating a female
Photo 15 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Lenoir, 2017-08-01, Neuseway Nature Park, Kinston
Photo 16 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Washington, 2017-06-16, Conaby Creek, from boating access area to 2.25 km upstream by kayak
Photo 17 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bertie, 2017-06-16, Boardwalk along Cashie River, Windsor
Photo 18 by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Macon, 2017-06-06, late afternoon at Highlands Biological Station
Photo 19 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Burke; P, 2017-06-04, Johns River Boating Access, north of Morganton
Photo 20 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Rutherford; P, 2017-06-02, Morse Park, Lake Lure
Photo 21 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Tyrrell , 2016-09-17, Scuppernong River Interpretive Boardwalk, Columbia
Photo 22 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jones, 2016-08-14, Individuals not counted; White Oak River, between Dixon Field Landing and Haywood Landing
Photo 23 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pamlico, 2015-09-04, Upper Broad Creek at Lee
Photo 24 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Cumberland, 2015-08-23, Jessups Mill Pond
Photo 25 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Sampson, 2015-08-23, Black River by kayak from Ivanhoe Boating Access to 0.5 km upstream of Dr Kerr Rd bridge
Photo 26 by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2015-08-06, Carolina Beach State Park - at Lily Pond
Photo 27 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2015-08-01, Lake Waccamaw State Park
Photo 28 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2015-08-01, Boiling Spring Lakes - at Spring Lake Park and North Lake Park
Photo 29 by: Mark Shields and Zoology lab class

Comment: Onslow, 2015-07-27, Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville - at retention ponds
Photo 30 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2015-07-18, Suggs Millpond (aka Horseshoe Lake)