The Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina
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Related Species in LIBELLULIDAE: Number of records for 2018 = 39

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Eastern Pondhawk by Ted Wilcox => 07/06/04 ? Ashe Co., female

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sciName Erythemis simplicicollis
mapClick on county for list of all its records for Eastern Pondhawk
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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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Eastern Pondhawk

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: R Emmitt

Comment: Orange, 2004-06-06, Teneral male that looks like a female
Photo by: R. Emmitt

Comment: Orange, 2002-06-24, female eating a Pearl Crescent
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Ashe, 2006-06-23, mature male
Photo by: Ted WIlcox

Comment: Alleghany, 2006-06-20. immature male
Photo by: Beth Brinson

Comment: Alleghany, 2008-06-07, Blue Ridge Parkway, Immature male eating damselfly
Photo by: Lori Owenby

Comment: Catawba, 2009-06-14, Shell Hollar Road Pond - around pond edges
Photo by: Salman Abdulali

Comment: Pitt, 2008-06-24, - River Park North; feeding on a Fiery Skipper
Photo by: K. Bischof

Comment: Beaufort, 2010-07-04, GOCR - Female obs. feeding on a female Needham's Skimmer.
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2010-06-14, North Buncombe. Leicester patch ponds
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Haywood, 2011-06-08, imaged at Lake Junaluska and seen at Haywood Community College
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2011-06-07, observed at Fletcher Park
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Transylvania, 2011-08-19, Brevard - Male & Female
Photo by: Mark Shields and Zoology lab class

Comment: Onslow, 2015-07-27, Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville - at retention ponds
Photo by: Bob Oberfelder

Comment: Wake, 2011-08-02, Observed in Cary at Lochmere Golf Course, female
Photo by: Bob Oberfelder

Comment: Wake, 2010-07-04, Observed in Cary at Lochmere Golf Course, Male
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Madison, 2012-06-08, Leach pond, close to Sandy Mush Gamelands
Photo by: Steve Hall and Harry LeGrand

Comment: Northampton, 2012-07-13, North shore of the Roanoke River at the US 258 bridge crossing - photographed feeding on a Xanthotype (moth)
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston, Simon Thompson

Comment: Polk; P, 2012-08-04, FENCE - Male & Female
Photo by: George Andrews

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2013-07-08, Beatty Park from 05:30 - 07:30 PM. Skies 60/40 clear/cloud, temp. 85. 85
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Pender, 2013-04-23, Cape fear river, Holly shelter game land
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Graham, 2013-07-16, Tallulah Bog - Male & Female
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Graham, 2013-07-16, Tallulah Bog - Male & Female
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2014-09-18, Retention pond at Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville,NC
Photo by: bob bauer

Comment: Dare; OBL, 2014-09-19, Hatteras Village Sea Breeze Trail - Plenty of Them
Photo by: bob bauer

Comment: Dare; OBL, 2014-09-19, Hatteras Village Sea Breeze Trail - Juvenile Plenty of Them
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Duplin, 2015-06-19, Northeast Cape Fear River, Chinquapin Boat Access - 5 males, 1 female along shoreline
Photo by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Currituck, 2015-06-09, Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary - Multiple individuals seen but not counted.
Photo by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Tyrrell, 2015-06-06, Scuppermong Interpretive Boardwalk; More than 1 was seen, but individuals were not counted.
Photo by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Dare; Mainland, 2015-06-07, Alligator River NWR Sandy Ridge Wildlife Trail - Multiple individuals seen but not counted.
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Hyde, 2015-06-19, Wildlife Drive Lake Matamuskeet
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2015-07-01, Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2015-07-18, Suggs Millpond (aka Horseshoe Lake)
Photo by: Mark Shields

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comment: Burke; P, 2017-06-04, Johns River Boating Access, north of Morganton
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Macon, 2017-06-06, late afternoon at HBS
Photo by: Mark Shields

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

Comment: Bertie, 2017-06-16, Boardwalk along Cashie River, Windsor
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Lenoir, 2017-08-01, Neuseway Nature Park, Kinston
Photo by: j.wyche

Comment: Gates, 2017-08-07, MEMI - male eating a female
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Anson, 2018-04-21, Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge