Common Pondhawk Erythemis simplicicollis (Say, 1839)Synonyms: Eastern Pondhawk.

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Common Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) is an abundant, aggressive skimmer widely distributed across eastern North America. This adaptable species can breed in most still or slow-moving bodies of water with emergent vegetation. This species is a rapacious and successful predator of vegetated habitats, often attacking prey as large as itself, commonly including other Odonata. In Maryland, this is one of the most abundant dragonflies, recorded from all counties (Richard Orr's The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Maryland and the District of Columbia).

There are 1,271 records in the project database.

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A male Common Pondhawk in Howard Co., Maryland (8/22/2012). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A male Common Pondhawk in Howard Co., Maryland (8/22/2012). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A male Common Pondhawk in Baltimore City, Maryland (8/8/2014). Photo by Mike Hudson. (MBP list)

A male Common Pondhawk eating a female Calico Pennant in Dorchester Co., Maryland (8/12/2007). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A male Common Pondhawk in Frederick Co., Maryland (8/14/2014). Photo by John R. Whitaker. (MBP list)

Common Pondhawk in Baltimore City, Maryland (7/5/2014). Photo by Mike Hudson. (MBP list)

A male Common Pondhawk in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/15/2015). Photo by Robert Aguilar, SERC. (MBP list)

A male Common Pondhawk in Baltimore City, Maryland (7/13/2006). Photo by Thomas Wilson. (MBP list)

A female Common Pondhawk caught by a Spatula-leaved Sundew in Worcester Co., Maryland (7/26/2008). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A female Common Pondhawk in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/15/2015). Photo by Robert Aguilar, SERC. (MBP list)

A Common Pondhawk in Charles Co., Maryland (9/12/2016). Photo by William Wise. (MBP list)

A female Common Pondhawk preying on a Halloween Pennant in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (7/15/2012). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A female Common Pondhawk in Prince George's Co., Maryland (6/28/2014). Determined by John S. Ascher/BugGuide. Photo by Barbara Thurlow. (MBP list)

A female Common Pondhawk feasting on a Blue Dasher in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (7/21/2013). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Common Pondhawk in Worcester Co., Maryland (6/24/2013). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A female Common Pondhawk in Baltimore Co., Maryland (6/19/2013). Photo by Benjamin DeHaven. (MBP list)

A female Common Pondhawk in Baltimore City, Maryland (8/31/2014). Photo by Wendy J. Alexander, Ph.D. (MBP list)

A Common Pondhawk in Allegany Co., Maryland (6/27/2016). Photo by Kimberly Booth. (MBP list)

A male Common Pondhawk in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/17/2014). Verified by Larry de March/BugGuide. Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)


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