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Eastern Pondhawk

Erythemis simplicicollis


Green dragonfly with black stripes on tail, clear wings.


Shoreline at Elk Neck State Park


Not good with IDing dragonflies.

2 species ID suggestions

The Eastern Pondhawk or Common Pondhawk
Erythemis simplicicollis


ConorSheaWing 5 years ago

I left all of my contact information in the email I sent you, so just give me a call/text or message me on Noah.

TylerGraden 5 years ago

Sounds like a productive trip. I'm thinking about going up to Elk Neck sometime in the next few months, so maybe we could work something out if I decide to head up that way and you're in the area.

ConorSheaWing 5 years ago

Thank you both for the ID.

I would say that Elk Neck is a pretty good area. I had to yell at my mother to stop when we neared the park as there was a Eastern Painted Turtle in the middle of the road. (I relocated him to the other side of the street.) Then when we got to the beach area we walked around for about 10 minutes before a woman relaxing on a blanket in the shade pointed out a Northern Water Snake cruising the shoreline. I caught him, got a few pictures (Me with him in my profile picture), and released him away from the womans location. Afterwards I walked over to the rock wall on the shoreline further up, and I saw two skinks. I had never witnessed skinks in the Del/Mar/Pa region before so it was a real treat. I then ended my visit with watching two Eagles and two Ospreys soaring over the water, so I would say that it is worth the hour drive. (:

(P.S I had emailed you a while ago seeing if we could somehow meet up and find some reptiles sometime.)

TylerGraden 5 years ago

I think it's an Eastern Pondhawk - I actually had to look it up yesterday when I saw one mating with a blue dragonfly which made me curious. It turns out these green ones are females or immature males, and the mature males of the species are blue.

P.S.- What is Elk Neck State Park like? I've been looking into going there for a while but didn't know if it was worth the trip (it's an hour+ drive for me)

Maryland, USA

Lat: 39.49, Long: -75.99

Spotted on Jun 5, 2013
Submitted on Jun 15, 2013

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