|Erythemis vesiculosa (Fabricius,
1775), the Great Pondhawk is a dragonfly of the family Libellulidae, native
to the southern United States and Mexico.
The Great Pondhawk Dragonfly is an
interesting green dragonfly that is relatively uncommon. This is a tropical
dragonfly that can be found mostly around the southern United States areas.
In the central United States it can be found in the lower Rio Grande River
area and they tend to migrate to Northern Oklahoma.
Great Pondhawk Dragonflies prefer
tropical regions in the world. They enjoy still water so they have a good
place to lay their eggs. Like all dragonflies they need still water to
lay their eggs because when the babies are born they have a small air sac
so they can climb up a weed to the surface
The Great Pondhawk (Erythemis vesiculosa)
is a widespread species occurring from the southern U.S. south to Argentina.
In the U.S. is is not usually abundant, but occurs from Florida westward
into Texas and occasionally New Mexico. It has been recorded as far north
as Missouri and Kansas.
This species occurs in many locations
across South America, the Greater and Lesser Antilles, Mesoamerica and
United States of America. E. vesiculosa is an abundant and widespread species
with a stable population. E. vesiculosa is a widespread and common species
throughout its range and there is no indication of any population decline.
It is assessed by IUCN Red List as Least Concern.