Monday, August 15, 2011

Eastern Pondhawk

The Eastern Pondhawk was one of the first dragonflies I listed last year in Erika's garden. This summer Scott King showed me the male above at Lake Byllesby in Dakota County and I found the female below in Rice County. 
This dragonfly is a fierce predator, taking other insects, some even larger than the pondhawk. They will take other dragonflies and even their fellow Eastern Pondhawks. In the photo below, the victim's identity is uncertain, but may be a meadowhawk or a Blue Dasher.

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