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To publish your dragonfly photos here, read the Publishing Conditions and contact Noushka at the link above.

17 nov. 2013

The Ravenous Pondhawk

In early October, I encountered this Erythemis simplicicollis, Eastern Pondhawk, with the prey that it had just captured. The Pondhawk was living up to its reputation as a "voracious predator" as it devoured  the female Rambur's Forktail.

Erythemsis simplicicollis with Ischnura ramburii

I was able to view this feast at quite a close range as the preoccupied dragon ignored my presence.

The very next day at the same wetlands, I came across another pondhawk. This time the Pondhawk had captured a female Needham's Skimmer that equaled it in size. This was fascinating for me to see, but unfortunately the duo disappeared into the reeds and I was unable to relocate them.

Erythemsis simplicicollis with a Libellula needhami

4 commentaires:

  1. Triste fin, ou triste faim?
    Très belle série!

  2. Hi Tammy! Awful scenes of predation for a fantastic report! This species is a real ogre! The last image is impressive! Cordially, M.

  3. Du déjà vu sur ton blog Tammy, mais c'est un régal de la revoir chez nous !

  4. So dragons do eat one another in the States too, hey?!!!!
    Tammy, this is a superb series!
    I was secretly hoping you would publish it here!
    Congratulations for the picture quality and the catch!


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