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Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Halloween Pennant, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 8/3/2016; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

  Halloween Pennant  
Picture of Halloween-Pennant
Picture of Halloween-Pennant

The bright and flashy Halloween Pennant is a dragonfly that floats like a butterfly.

Bright orange and black spotted wings make the Halloween Pennant an easy dragonfly to spot. The coloring is similar to butterflies as well as the fluttering manner of flight, so it may be mistaken for one at first sight. The long abdomen should be an instant giveaway that it belongs in the Odonata family with all other dragonflies.

This species is comfortable resting on tall reeds and grasses in marshes, ponds or by creeks and stream. Sometimes it will raise its abdomen straight up in the air while perched; other times it will lay flat. Sometimes it holds its forewings upward while flattening its hindwings, which is somewhat unusual for dragonflies at rest.

Adults hunt for insects among the waters and surrounding vegetation. Males and females fly together as she lays her fertilized eggs just under the water's surface. Larval naiads hatch underwater where they spend their time eating and growing. They will molt several times and then crawl out of the water to finally molt into a winged adult on land.

Halloween Pennant Information

Category: Dragonfly or Damselfly
Common Name: Halloween Pennant
Scientific Name: Celithemis eponina

Taxonomy Hierarchy

 Arrow graphic Kingdom: Animalia
  Arrow graphic Phylum: Arthropoda
   Arrow graphic Class: Insecta
    Arrow graphic Order: Odonata
     Arrow graphic Family: Libellulidae
      Arrow graphic Genus: Celithemis
       Arrow graphic Species: eponina

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 30 mm to 42 mm (1.17 inches to 1.638 inches)
Identifying Colors: orange, black, red
Additional Descriptors: flying, dragonfly, bands, stripes

North American Territorial Reach (Though Not Limited To): Alabama; Arkansas; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Ontario; Quebec; Mexico

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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