Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington

TaxonomyBrowseInfoImagesLinksBooksData
Photo#21973
Common Pondhawk, eating cranefly - Erythemis simplicicollis - female

Common Pondhawk, eating cranefly - Erythemis simplicicollis - Female
Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
June 16, 2005
Predator stopped to have takeout dinner on a mullien plant.

Common Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicollis)
Female Common Pondhawk. Formerly known as Eastern Pondhawk.

 
Eastern Pondhawk?
Eastern Pondhawk? or Common Pondhawk? This page calls it Common Pondhawk (and formerly Eastern Pondhawk), siting "Recent Common Name Changes by the Dragonfly Society of the Americas" but doesn't specify a date, so we don't know what "recent" means.
This page calls it Eastern Pondhawk, and the site calls itself the Dragonfly Society of the Americas. This is the site that BugGuide agreed to follow regarding Odonata taxonomy, and the site says it was updated in February 2005.
Has Eastern Pondhawk been changed to Common Pondhawk more recently than February of 2005?

 
Thanks Steve.
It seemed like a pretty "common" one to me too.

btw, I've been working near a pond/marsh in Hollis NH that's said to be the only known home of one type of dragonfly. I think I've seen it. It is mainly dark with either a green head or green face. But I haven't gotten too excited about it since, for me, dragonflies are very much an afterthought to beetles.

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.