The Eastern Pondhawk

Another dragonfly that seems to be quite common right now is the eastern pondhawk, Erythemis simplicicollis.  This species, like many dragonflies, is sexually dimorphic. 

This is what the mature males look like.

And the female is below:

I haven’t identified the butterfly that it is eating.  I think it is some kind of skipper, but it is really hard to say from this photo.

The males seem to stay mostly by the pond, and the females roam around a lot more freely.

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Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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