Saturday, September 7, 2013

Saturday Evening Creature Feature, Common Pondhawk

The Common Pondhawk is also known as the Eastern Pondhawk. This bug is ubiquitous ranging from the Atlantic coast out to and as far as Colorado and New Mexico. Pondhawks prefer still water wetlands with vegetation. They can be found resting on the ground, which is unusual for most Pondhwaks. 

First up is the male. He will leave the wetland habitats for two weeks and then return to set up his territory.

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

In contrast to the blue male, the female is green. She most likely will not stay around the water. This female is back on the marsh to mate and oviposit.

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

The act lasts about twenty seconds and they will separate. She will oviposit on her own in waters with vegetation. The male will stand guard to ensure other males do not try to mate with her.

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

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1 comment:

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Steve Wonderful to see both sexes and then the mating. Great shots.

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