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Dragonflies are fierce predators throughout their lifecycle. If you’ve ever been around waterscapes such as rivers, ponds, or streams, you’ve probably seen a dragonfly. One such species of dragonfly, the Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis), is fond of ponds, as its name suggests. Ponds provide the Eastern Pondhawk with plenty of resources, such as a place to lay their eggs, and great amounts of prey for the different stages of their lifecycle.
With eggs laid in the water, the juvenile Eastern Pondhawks (also called nymphs) have the perfect start to their fully aquatic lives until adulthood. Completely carnivorous in both the juvenile and adult stages, the aquatic nymphs will eat anything that they can catch, including insects, aquatic worms, tadpoles, and even small fish! In adulthood, these dragonflies generally catch flying insects, and are great predators of mosquitos and biting flies.
There are roughly 164 species of dragonflies and damselflies in Ohio. Pictured here is an adult female Eastern Pondhawk, found at the pond on the Pond Trail of the Line Hill Mound area of Rentschler Forest MetroPark. The adult male of this species has a more powder-blue appearance, while juvenile males take on a similar green appearance as the adult females.
Use these instruction to create you own Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly Craft!
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