The Eastern Pondhawk can be seen at the BFEC ponds from May through September. Males patrol territories by flying low over the surface of the pond. The male shown on the left is an immature. The thorax (part of the body to which the wings attach) is still green. This will turn blue when it matures. The white projections at the tip of the abdomen are known as circi. Circi are used to grasp the female behind the eyes when mating. Females differ in color from the males. Their green color helps them blend into the vegetation that surrounds the pond. Both males and females tend to perch low in the vegetation. When disturbed they will often return to the same perch.
|Male pondhawks capture females in flight and generally land to mate. The male grasps the female at the back of her head with his circi and supports her while she bends her abdomen forward. In this wheel-like position the female is able to remove sperm from a storage structure located on his first and second abdominal segments. The entire process can take less than two minutes. After mating the male releases the female and hovers over her while she repeatedly dips her abdomen into the water to deposit eggs. In less than five minutes she may deposit over 2000 eggs.|