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Eastern Pondhawks
Location:North Middle Tennessee
July 30, 2010 5:23 pm
Hi Daniel,
I saw this green dragonfly about a week ago but couldn’t get to my camera in time for a photo. I was pleased this morning to see it again while I had the camera. After looking at your website and bug guide I think it is an ”Eastern Pondhawk” I read the males are blue. This afternoon while stalking a wild mosquito this ”blue guy” came by and said, ”Hey Richard take my photograph.” Of course, I was happy to do so. Thanks for everything and have a great day.

Young Male Eastern Pondhawk

Hi Richard,
First we need to ask if you are resubmitting this request.  We spent a goodly portion of the day earlier in the week trying to find an email titled Pondhawk to no avail.  There is so much email for us to choose from that many requests go unanswered as we do not have the resources to respond to every query.  You identification of the green specimen as an Eastern Pondhawk,
Erythemis simplicicollis, seems correct in our opinion.  According to BugGuide:  “Females and young males are green with square blackish spots on the abdomen.”  We do not believe your second specimen is an Eastern Pondhawk, though the coloration superficially resembles that of a mature male described on BugGuide as:  “pruinose blue with white claspers and a green face.”  The face in your photo does not appear to be green and the claspers are not white.  We will try to get a conclusive identification on the second specimen, though Dragonflies often present a major challenge for us.

Great Blue Skimmer

No Sir, This was my first request, the photos were taken just yesterday. I do realize you are very busy and if one of my requests go unanswered I just figure it didn’t make the “cut.”  Thank you so much for your replies to many of  my ID requests. Have a wonderful day.

Thanks Richard,
We feel bad about the other request since we tried unsuccessfully to locate it.  We advise our readership that is they do not get a response after a week, to try again by resubmitting the letter and images.  A followup question with no photo attached does not help us because then we still need to search old mail to match the two letters together, and that is just too time consuming.  Our limited time devoted to posting letters is better spent researching responses than trying to piece together identification requests.

Hi Daniel,
I did some more searching for an ID on the blue dragonfly. Could it be a “Blue Dasher”?

Hi again Richard,
There are spots midway on each of your specimen’s wings that are absent in the Blue Dasher,
Pachydiplax longipennis (see BugGuide), so we don’t believe your specimen is a Blue Dasher.

Update: August 9, 2010
Karl provided a comment that the unidentified Dragonfly is probably a Great Blue Skimmer,
Libellula vibrans, and the photo matches the images on BugGuide.

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One Response to Young Male Eastern Pondhawk and Great Blue Skimmer

  1. kkroeker says:

    The second dragonfly is probably a male Great Blue Skimmer (Libellula vibrans).

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