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Western pondhawk

Erythemis collocata


Most likely a female - they are green. Though possibly an immature male. Adult male will be blue. Pondhawks are named that with good reason - they are voracious predators and will prey on dragonflies their size and even other Western Pondhawks. They will also eat almost any soft-bodied flying insect including mosquitoes, flies, small moths, mayflies, and flying ants or termites. The larvae feed on a wide variety of aquatic insects, such as mosquito larvae, other aquatic fly larvae, mayfly larvae, and freshwater shrimp. They will also eat very small fish and tadpoles.


Spotted in sand near the Snoqualmie river at the Tolt River-John MacDonald Park.


Range across western United States.

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Carnation, Washington, USA

Spotted on May 28, 2018
Submitted on Jun 4, 2018

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