Dragonfly Predators



Eastern Kingbird feeding on Baskettail (Epitheca sp)
MINNESOTA: Koochiching Co; Toomey Williams Road - June 2021



Olive-sided Flycatcher feeding on Common Green Darner (Anax junius)
TEXAS: Kinney Co; Fort Clark Springs - September 2020


female Zigzag Darner (Aeshna sitchensis) entrapped in Sundew
ALASKA: Juneau, Spaulding Meadow #1 - July 2018


male Cyrano Darner (Nasiaeschna pentacantha) feeding on male Sulphur-tipped Clubtail (Phanogomphus militaris)
TEXAS: Uvalde Co; Cook's Slough Nature Park - June 2018


male Cyrano Darner (Nasiaeschna pentacantha) feeding on male Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)
TEXAS: Uvalde Co; Cook's Slough Nature Park - June 2018


Robberfly (Triorla interrupta) feeding on Slaty Skimmer (Libellula incesta)
SOUTH CAROLINA: Marion Co; Woodbury Tract WMA - July 2017


Eastern Ringtail (Erpetogomphus designatus) trapped in spider web
TEXAS: Edwards Co; Miller Creek at confluence with Nueces River - October 2015


Fishing Spider (Dolomedes sp) feeding on Dusky Dancers (Argia translata)
TEXAS: Uvalde Co; Nueces River at 19 mile crossing - October 2015


Arroyo Darner (Rhionaeschna dugesi) being eaten by Belastomatid water bug
ARIZONA: Cochise Co; Huachuca Mts, Scotia Canyon - July 2015


Russett-tipped Clubtail (Stylurus plagiatus) feeding on Powdered Dancer (Argia moesta)
TX: Gonzales Co; Gonzales, Independence Park on the Guadalupe River - July 2015


Robberfly feeding on Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis)
FL: Marion Co; Ocala National Forest, Farle's Prairie Lake - June 2015


Kiowa Dancers (Argia immunda) being eaten by spider
TEXAS: Kinney Co; Las Moras Creek at Red Bridge Park, Fort Clark Springs - July 2014


Efferia species feeding on male Powdered Dancer (Argia moesta)
TEXAS: Somervell Co; Brazos River at US 67 - June 2014


Springtime Darner (Basiaeschna janata) feeds on Rapids Clubtail (Phanogomphus quadricolor)
WISCONSIN: Rusk Co; Chippewa River at Scoles Landing (Bruce/Thornapple) - June 2014


Rapids Clubtail (Phanogomphus quadricolor) female feeding on immature female Emerald Spreadwing (Lestes dryas)
WISCONSIN: Rusk Co; Chippewa River at Scoles Landing (Bruce/Thornapple) - June 2014


Moustached Clubtail (Hylogomphus adelphus) female feeding on immature male Emerald Spreadwing (Lestes dryas)
WISCONSIN: Rusk Co; Chippewa River at Scoles Landing (Bruce/Thornapple) - June 2014



female Midland Clubtail (Gomphurus fraternus) feeding on immature female Plains Clubtail (Gomphurus externus)
IOWA: Butler Co; Shell Rock Recreation Area on Shell Rock River - June 2014


male Black Setwing (Dythemis nigrescens) trapped in orb-weaver spider web
TEXAS: Kinney Co; Las Moras Creek, Fort Clark Springs, near Comanche Primitive Camp Area - June 2012


female Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) feeding on female Seaside Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax berenice)
TEXAS: Matagorda Co; Mad Island Marsh WMA - April 2012


female Great Basin Snaketail (Ophiogomphus morrisoni) feeding on male Emma's Dancer (Argia emma)
OREGON: Klamath Co; Crescent Creek at OR 58 - August 2011


Sundew entrapping Taiga Bluet (Coenagrion resolutum)
OREGON: Lane Co; Willamette National Forest, Gold Lake Bog - August 2011


Dark Fishing Spider (Dolomedes tenebrosus) feeding on female Edmund's Snaketail (Ophiogomphus edmundo)
TENNESSEE: Polk Co; Conasauga River just below confluence with Jack River - June 2011


male Dragonhunter (Hagenius brevistylus) feeding on female Slaty Skimmer (Libellula incesta)
FLORIDA: Liberty Co; Sweetwater Creek at CR 270 - June 2011



male Gray Petaltail (Tachopteryx thoreyi) feeding on female Ebony Jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata)
TENNESSEE: Monroe Co; Tellico River, 0.7 mi E of Green Cove - June 2011


female Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) feeding on male Banded Pennant (Celithemis fasciata)
FLORIDA: Bay Co; Ecofina Creek Water Management Area, Enfinger Road - June 2011


Ebony Jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata) trapped in spider web
TENNESSEE: Rutherford Co; Middle Fork Stones River at Elam Mill Road - June 2011


Variable Dancer (Argia fumipennis) being fed upon by Long-jawed Orbweaver (Tetragnatha sp)
TENNESSEE: Rutherford Co; Middle Fork Stones River at Elam Mill Road - June 2011


Powdered Dancer (Argia moesta) trapped in spider web
TENNESSEE: Marshall Co; Duck River at Henry Horton State Park - June 2011


female Powdered Dancer (Argia moesta) feeding upon male Blue-tipped Dancer (Argia tibialis)
TEXAS: San Jacinto Co; Sam Houston National Forest, Big Creek Scenic Area - May 2011


Blue-fronted Dancer (Argia tibialis) in spider web
TEXAS: San Augustine Co; Angelina National Forest, Bannister WMA, on FR 305 ca 0.5 mi E jct FM 1277 - May 2011


Riverine Clubtail (Stylurus amnicola) caught in spider web
IOWA: Madison Co; Hogback Covered Bridge - August 2010


Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) feeding on Ornate Pennant (Celithemis ornata)
TEXAS: Jasper Co; Beaver Ponds near Sam Rayburn Dam - June 2010



Little Blue Dragonlets (Erythrodiplax miniscula) in Spiderwebs
TEXAS: Jasper Co; Beaver Ponds near Sam Rayburn Dam - June 2010


Slaty Skimmer (Libellula incesta) remains in spider web
TEXAS: San Jacinto Co; Double Lakes Recreation Area - June 2010


Cocoa Clubtail (Gomphurus hybridus) eating Selys Sundragon (Helocordulia selysii)
TEXAS: Jasper Co; Boykin Springs Lake - April 2010


Swamp Spreadwing (Lestes vigilax) & Southern Sprite (Nehalennia integricollis) in spider web
TEXAS: Jasper Co; Beaver Ponds near Sam Rayburn Dam - October 2009


Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) feeding on Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)
TEXAS: Hidalgo Co; Santa Ana NWR, Willow Lakes - September 2009


Giant Robberfly (Protacanthus sp) with Slaty Skimmer (Libellula incesta)
TEXAS: Wood Co; Brooks Lake - August 2009


Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) feeding on Banded Pennant (Celithemis fasciata)
TEXAS: Jasper Co; Beaver Ponds near Sam Rayburn Dam - July 2009


Blue-faced Ringtail (Erpetogomphus eutainia) feeding on Powdered Dancer (Argia moesta)
TEXAS: Gonzales Co; Gonzales, Independence Park on Guadalupe River - July 2009


Robberfly (Diogmites sp.) with Powdered Dancer (Argia moesta)
 
TEXAS: Gonzales Co; Gonzales, Independence Park on Guadalupe River -  June 2009


Blackwater Clubtail (Gomphurus dilatatus) feeding on Taper-tailed Darner (Gomphaeschna antilope)
FLORIDA: Santa Rosa Co; Blackwater State Forest, Coldwater Creek Horse Camp - June 2009