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For the United States & Canada

Genus Erythemis - Pondhawks

Eastern Pondhawk - Erythemis simplicicollis - male dragonfly eating the head off of a seaside dragonlet - Erythemis simplicicollis - male Dragonfly - Erythemis simplicicollis Colorful Blue Dragonfly - Erythemis simplicicollis Eastern Pondhawk - Erythemis simplicicollis - male dragon - Erythemis simplicicollis Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) - Erythemis simplicicollis Dragonfly - Erythemis simplicicollis - female
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Anisoptera (Dragonflies)
Family Libellulidae (Skimmers)
Genus Erythemis (Pondhawks)
Explanation of Names
Author of genus is Hagen, 1861. From eryth- (?), Greek, meaning red, plus the ubiquitous suffix -themis. This is from Greek, first used by Hagen in 1861, and it means "what has been established", i.e., rule, or law. Themis was also a goddess of order and justice. However, it is possible the suffix was also simply based on the Greek suffixes -hemis (half), or -emis. See this Odonata list post by KD Dijkstra.
Numbers
Odonata of North America lists 7 species.
Dunkle, p. 211, lists 5 species. (1)